Blackpool's Chris Maxwell on the verge of clinching League One's 'Golden Glove' award despite competition from Sunderland and Lincoln City keepers

Chris Maxwell’s clean sheet during Blackpool’s comfortable win against Northampton Town has taken him to the cusp of winning League One’s ‘golden glove’ award.

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Chris Maxwell’s clean sheet during Blackpool’s comfortable win against Northampton Town has taken him to the cusp of winning League One’s ‘golden glove’ award.

Jerry Yates bagged a brace and Luke Garbutt netted an early opener after the Seasiders moved to within a point of securing their spot in the play-offs with a 3-0 win at Sixfields, which also confirmed Northampton’s relegation back to League Two.

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Maxwell kept his 20th clean sheet of the season during yesterday's win against Northampton

It was Maxwell’s 20th league clean sheet of the campaign, the most of any keeper in the third tier.

Sunderland’s Lee Burge and Lincoln City’s Alex Palmer both have 18 clean sheets to their name.

With the Black Cats only having one game remaining, that means Burge is only able to reach 19. The Imps still have two games to play though, so Palmer could still draw level with Blackpool’s number one.

Maxwell was a surprise absence from the EFL’s League One team of the season, which was announced last week.

Instead, the goalkeeper spot was taken by Sunderland’s Burge, who has kept two fewer clean sheets.

The Black Cats have conceded 41 goals this season, compared to Blackpool’s 37 - the lowest amount in League One alongside title winners Hull City.

The team of the season, decided by an expert judging panel according to the EFL, was dominated by players representing Sunderland, Hull and Peterborough United.

Sunderland have the most players included with four, with Burge joined by teammates Luke O'Nien, Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke.

Peterborough have three players in Mark Beevers, Joe Ward and the league's top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Hull, who clinched the title with a 3-1 win against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, are represented by Callum Elder and George Honeyman.

Grant McCann, the manager of the Tigers, has also been named manager of the season.

Jorge Grant of Lincoln City and Oxford United's Rob Atkinson are also named in the end-of-season XI.

Peterborough striker Clarke-Harris has been named League One's player of the season, seeing off competition from Hull midfielder Honeyman and Sunderland striker Wyke.

Clarke-Harris has scored 31 league goals this season to fire the Posh to promotion.

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