Stand-in keeper delighted by clean sheet ‘Everyone has got their own part to play’
ACCRINGTON Stanley goalkeeper Jonny Maxted was delighted with his clean sheet against Notts County - even though his appearance came in strange circumstances.
Maxted performed well for the Reds on Easter Monday as he helped his side pick up a 1-0 victory at the Wham Stadium.
He had only been told he was starting an hour before kick-off, as regular goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was involved in a minor car crash on his was to the ground.
Maxted was disappointed for Chapman, but was glad he could play a part in the team’s win at such short notice.
“I’m over the moon with the clean sheet. The lads worked hard and I am really pleased. Obviously it’s one of those things with Chapman not being here, but like I’ve been saying to everyone, I’m ready to work and when I’m needed I can go out and do the job,” he told the club’s official website.
“I texted him before saying that I hoped he was alright. He replied saying ‘good luck, have a clean sheet.’ As goalkeepers we’ve got a tight bond with each other and we work with each other every day.
“I’ve been raring to go since I got here. I want to be playing, but I’ll help out the team as much as I can. Getting put into the team is what I’m here to do, and I have to do the job when called upon.
“You’ve got to concentrate on the next game.
“As much as you want to look at the next three games you can’t. You’ve got to focus on the next game, get the win, and then go again the week after.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We go into the next game and prepare right for that.”
Maxted has played for Forest Green Rovers, Hartlepool and Doncaster Rovers in his career, but says this Stanley team trumps all of those.
“I’ve been a part of promotion teams before, but this is by far the best I’ve been involved in. Our lads look after each other, and that’s the best thing you can have,” he said.
“Everyone has got their own part to play.
“If someone isn’t quite doing it, someone else will step up and do it and look after them on the pitch.
“If you keep going the lads will look after you and you’ll look after them.”
Stanley defender Mark Hughes netted Monday’s winner