Stand-in keeper de­lighted by clean sheet ‘Ev­ery­one has got their own part to play’

Accrington Observer - - MOTORS -

SHELDAN KEAY

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.”

Richard Sell­ers

Stan­ley de­fender Mark Hughes net­ted Mon­day’s win­ner

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