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Maxted ready to be No.1 again

8 March 2019

Jonny Maxted knows it's his chance to wrestle back the No. 1 shirt as the Reds take on promotion-chasing Barnsley tomorrow.

Maxted was first choice following the departure of Connor Ripley to Preston in January but suffered concussion against Southend and Bulgarian Dimitar Evtimov took his place.

Evtimov's sending off against Blackpool on Tuesday, and the three-game ban which follows, now gives Maxted his chance again, starting with the trip to Oakwell.

"Me and Dimi push each other to the max," said Maxted, who signed from Guiseley over a year ago. "Whatever he does, I want to do better but we are close knit, and we are in the goalkeepers' union, but I want the shirt as does he.

"I obviously came off with concussion after clashing heads in the Southend game and I must admit, I didn't know where I was.

"I had to take time off on the doctor's advice but I am back now and I want to keep my shirt again.

"You want to play every game but it is taken out of your hands and all I can do is work hard."

Maxted admitted he was shocked to see Evtimov sent off in the 85th minute after Blackpool had scored a penalty and the stopper threw a bottle back into the crowd.

"I was heading to the dressing rooms to get a drink and then I saw a red card and had to sprint down the touchline like Usain Bolt and get changed quickly.

"It was busy for those last five minutes and it is hard when you have been on the bench for 85 minutes as there is no warming up and you have to get into it straight away.

"I felt, after Connor left, I was getting up to speed as I hadn't played regularly before that. I felt I did well at Gillingham and Charlton - bar the red card which was rescinded - but then obviously I got concussed.

"All the focus now though is on tomorrow. Barnsley are a big club and it's a big game for us. They are going well but we may have not got the results recently, but our performances have been good and we will give them a run for their money."


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