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Maxwell chasing a good feeling

Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell hopes it is elation he will experience in the League Two play-off final on Monday.

The 23-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with Cambridge and kept an incredible 17 clean sheets in 27 appearances with the U's, who will spend next year in the Football League after winning the Skrill Premier play-off final against Gateshead at Wembley last Sunday.

Maxwell returned to the Cod Army in January, dislodged first-choice stopper Scott Davies one month later and went on to keep a further nine clean sheets for his parent club to take his total to 26 in 48 games.

Yet the former Wrexham keeper is only willing to reflect on such achievements if he helps another club to promotion when Fleetwood meet Burton in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final.

"It doesn't matter if I get that many clean sheets in the season and it's not a successful season," he said.

"Football's a team game and if we get promotion I'll look at that from a personal side of things and think 'fantastic'.

"But it doesn't mean anything to me unless I get promoted. I don't care if we win the game 6-5 or 1-0. As long as we get promoted it doesn't matter to me.

"I'm a very lucky person in doing what I do and being part of not one, but two teams that have been so successful. I was very pleased for Cambridge to get promoted, I think they deserved it with the effort they put in.

"Since I've come back I've seen similarities in the two clubs with the ambitions. I want nothing more than promotion on Monday and then for me personally it would be a fantastic season. It would have been a perfect year."

Despite those 17 clean sheets at Cambridge, Maxwell will not be sent a medal for his role in helping Richard Money's team back into the Football League.

He does, though, have a winners' medal from his time with Wrexham when he was on the victorious side at Wembley a little over a year ago in their FA Trophy triumph over Grimsby.

However, two months later he was experiencing Wembley disappointment when the north Wales side lost to Newport in the Conference play-off final and, having seen both sides of the coin, Maxwell is determined to leave the capital as a victor.

"It's a fantastic place if you win, the atmosphere in the changing room afterwards is incredible, but equally it's the worst place you can lose," he added.

"Seeing the club put the extra effort in for the final three weeks of the season and all the organising that's gone in - to go there and not win would be a disaster.

"But I do genuinely feel that if we play well, we've got every chance. I'm quietly confident but at the same time nothing's a given."

While Maxwell and a few of his team-mates are well versed in what playing at Wembley entails, others will be gracing the famous turf for the first time in their careers.

In last year's final Northampton showed how the occasion can be detrimental when they froze on the grand stage and found themselves three goals down inside half-an-hour against Bradford.

Maxwell advised: "It's still a green pitch, it's still white lines, it's still a set of goals, it makes no difference to me whether you're playing in a field in the middle of nowhere or Wembley.

"It's still the same objective, you've still got to win. Outside of the team it can be built up but for us players we just need to make sure we've got our heads on the game and get the win we need."