Wrexham's Chris Maxwell incurs Dean Saunders reprimand

Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Maxwell
Maxwell had said it would be "major disaster" if he lost his Wrexham place

Wrexham manager Dean Saunders has criticised Chris Maxwell's reaction to being dropped for Wrexham's visit to Barrow on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Maxwell was left at home after complaining when told he would be losing his place to Joslain Mayebi.

On Friday, Maxwell, 21, was quoted in a newspaper article saying he had "nailed down the goalkeeping position".

"Chris didn't take it very well and you do your talking on the pitch not in newspapers," said Saunders.

"It affects the rest of the group, especially on a Friday.

"He wasn't in the right frame of mind to come, and I thought it was best he stayed where he is and we'll talk about it on Monday."

Maxwell had started in Wrexham's first six games of the Blue Square Bet Premier season, conceding only three goals as the Dragons won five in a row after an opening draw.

International duty with Wales Under-21 caused him to miss the next game at home to Kidderminster.

And Saunders said Mayebi's performance in that 2-0 victory at the Racecourse Ground dictated his selection for the game at Barrow.

"He played brilliant last week and obviously all I'm concerned about is the team," said Saunders.

"I've told the players if they get the shirt and they do well they stay in the team.

"What he did last week was the equivalent of scoring a hat-trick.

"If he was left out - when he comes in Monday morning, what am I going to say to him? What hope has he got?

"Obviously Chris has got a point because he's done well as well. But someone's got his shirt and has done well. It's all about the team."

Mayebi completely missed the corner that resulted in Barrow's second goal on Saturday, and then could only parry a shot to Adam Boyes' path for the home striker to score his second and seal a 3-1 win.

Saunders, though, absolved the goalkeeper of any blame.

"He had no chance with the goals," said the former Wales and Liverpool striker.

"He made a great save actually for the third goal and really we've played well.

"The referee has just given a couple of things that have gone against us. The referee has had a major part in the outcome of the match."

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