Ton-up tonic for Town keeper Maxwell

Chris Maxwell
Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell has made it clear he won’t pay any attention to league tables, having helped haul Fleetwood out of the bottom four of League One in his 100th appearance for the club.

Town’s 2-0 victory over Bury on Saturday ended a frustrating run of results for the Highbury club.

And Maxwell insists the only way is up, with half a season still to play.

But he knows that if Town are to match their potential and climb away from the bottom four, the pressure must be lifted on himself and the back four – and that means scoring more goals.

“I don’t look at the league table. I don’t pay any attention,” he said.

“I know that we’re a really good team. It’s just that cutting edge, and if we get it we know we can get three points and see ourselves further up the table.

“We need to continue playing the way we are and hitting the back of the net.

“It was important for everyone around the club to get out of the bottom four. We can look up the table now.”

“We dominated the game against Bury for 90 minutes. They had a few chances but you’ll always get them in a game of football.

“It’s been a difficult period It’s important we’ve taken all three points and go into a busy period with a bit of momentum.”

Fleetwood’s performance against the Shakers was more consistent than their other festive outings, but the most important thing was the goals – Town had been wasteful in recent away days at Shrewsbury and Crewe.

Maxwell said: “We’ve created enough chances to score four or five but that’s no different to the majority of games this season. We’ve just lacked the cutting edge which kills teams off and puts the pressure on them and not us. It was important we hit the net.”

And the keeper believes that manager Steven Pressley is bringing the best out of the squad slowly and surely as he looks to make Fleetwood a more attack-minded outfit this season.

The Welshman said: “We’ve got a lot of quick player but we’ve got a lot of players who are good on the ball as well.

“There are players who you might not have thought of as ball players who have improved immensely.

“We just play the way the gaffer wants us to play.

“It’s all down to him and his coaching staff. They’ve hammered that belief into us.”

As for that century of appearances, Maxwell knows he’s come along way from his League Two bow on a frosty night at Wycombe in February 2014.

He said: “It’s been an enjoyable time. It was a difficult time when I first came, waiting for my chance (he signed in May 2012).

“Both sets of management have been brilliant and it’s a real privilege to play for a club that’s ambitious and does everything the right way. Thank you to everyone.”