Exeter City goalkeeper Jonny Maxted was thrown in to the deep end on Saturday as he was forced to step in between the sticks to make his first league start for the Grecians.
Exeter City ended up beating Forest Green Rovers 1-0 thanks to a Ryan Bowman effort in the 11th minute, however it was Maxted who ended up being the busier keeper during the game.
Forest Green had the better of the game in terms of possession with 53% and Exeter were consigned to having just the one shot on target during the 90 minutes, however the Grecians took the one chance that was presented to them by Mark Cooper’s side and Maxted then played a large part in Matt Taylor’s side keeping a clean sheet and moving back top of League Two.
Maxted was thrown into the starting XI after first-choice goalkeeper Lewis Ward suffered a broken arm in the late stages of the draw with Crewe Alexandra a week before, ruling the young keeper out for the next few weeks.
Here, we analyse Maxted’s performance from the weekend…
The goalkeeper was forced into making three saves during the encounter, including a late save from point-blank range to deny Aaron Collins as FGR continued to heap the pressure on the Grecians.
The pressure never got to Maxted during the game, the keeper never nervous to come for crosses as he used his physical frame to come and catch two crosses from wide areas as well as punch a looping John Mills delivery away as he rushed through a crowd of bodies to reach the ball and avert any immediate danger.
Maxted also proved that he’s capable of using his feet just as well as his hands too, completing both the short passes that he made during the game and kicking over long distances as well proved a good way to get Exeter up the pitch, his team-mates challenging for the ball and winning it or Maxted going that one step further and finding a team-mate in clear space on a couple of occasions.
Maxted has definitely staked a claim that he deserves to be the number one, and he’ll continue to get his chance over the next few weeks.