PNE goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is praised for his penalty save against West Ham

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was Preston North End's penalty king in the draw with West Ham United at Deepdale.

Sunday, 22nd July 2018, 2:38 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd July 2018, 3:47 pm
PNE goalkeeper Chris Maxwell saves Mark Noble's penalty against West Ham

Maxwell saved Mark Noble's spot-kick in the 62nd minute of the pre-season friendly on Saturday.

It came when North End were trailing 2-1 and spurred them on to equalise through Billy Bodin 14 minutes from time.

Josh Earl's challenge on Ryan Fredericks had seen referee Ben Toner point to the spot.

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Chris Maxwell

PNE boss Alex Neil said: "Had it gone in, that could have changed the game completely.

"It was a very good save from Maxi, that will do his confidence a world of good.

"As a team, we got the confidence to go and kick on."

It was the fifth penalty which Maxwell has saved in his time in the Preston keeper's jersey.

Maxwell has shared the gloves with Declan Rudd during pre-season as Neil looks to give the keepers equal game time.

Both played 45 minutes at Bamber Bridge, Maxwell then getting an hour against AFC Fylde with Rudd coming on for the last 30 minutes.

For the Cobh Ramblers game in Ireland last week, Rudd started with Maxwell replacing him in the second half.

Maxwell was one of six players to get 90 minutes against West Ham, with Rudd set to play the full game against Burnley at Deepdale on Monday night.