Blackpool keeper Chris Maxwell loves quiet days at the office

Chris Maxwell is hoping for another uneventful afternoon between the posts for Blackpool this weekend.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 8:00 am

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Last Saturday’s win against Fleetwood Town was one where Maxwell didn’t face a shot on target – and that’s how he likes it.

The Welshman takes pride in organising the backline and is happiest when he has nothing to do.

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Chris Maxwell is targeting a third successive clean sheet in the league against Oxford United tomorrow

Pool host Oxford United in League One tomorrow, having had back-to-back clean sheets in the league.

Maxwell said: “It’s a chance for us to get points on the board, to climb the table, and to look up and see where we are at the end of it.

”Neville Southall told me once, if you’re touching the ball and making saves, you’re not doing your job properly.

“Goalkeeping is about being able to organise the team in front of you.

“Combine that with how the manager says we should organise the team defensively, it’s excellent for me.

“I take pride in doing nothing in the game. If I do nothing in a game, I’m happier than when I save 10 shots and still keep a clean sheet.

“Every team in this league has got a threat, every team in this league is competitive and every team is different.

“It’s how we adapt to that. We’re no easy team to play against, so we’re all looking forward to Saturday.”

Blackpool’s heavy fixture schedule shows no sign of easing right now.

Maxwell is, nevertheless, confident both in his team-mates and also in the work that was put in over the summer.

He explained: “The work that we did in pre-season was relentless and quite tough. Not just physically but tactically as well.

“I’ve been a professional footballer for 13 years now and that pre-season was the toughest I’ve seen since I’ve been a player.

“We’ve added to that with the squad that we’ve got and the recruitment within the squad this summer – and any player in this team can play in any game and we wouldn’t be weaker at all.

“These periods where it is relentless and it is Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, it is where we will benefit.”

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