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Maxwell: A Nice Way To Bounce Back

10 January 2021

Chris Maxwell was pleased to help the side through to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup in his first game back since returning from a period of self-isolation.

The Blackpool captain missed two matches over the New Year period after testing positive for Coronavirus, but the shot-stopper excelled in his first game back to save three penalties in the shootout victory over West Brom on Saturday.

“It was a tough period,” Maxwell said.

“You want to be involved with the team, be a part of the group and in the dressing room in the lead up to games. There were a few days where I struggled with the illness. We’ve all got to look out for each other at the moment, as it’s very serious.

“I’m pleased to be back now. It’s great to be back in training and to contribute with the saves in the penalty shootout was a great feeling.”

Despite the side needing a penalty shootout to see them through against West Brom, Maxwell felt the Seasiders were the better side for the entirety of the match.

“I thought we were the better team and were excellent,” he said.

“We were aggressive, we were excellent in our shape and played our game against them. It was a little frustrating that we need the penalties to win, but you’ve got to take a step back and realise that they are a Premier League team with Premier League players, so to come through that with the win is fantastic.

"We thoroughly deserve to be in the next round and we’ll look forward to Monday’s draw.”

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