Oxford United: Max Crocombe relaxed over debut against Burton

Max Crocombe

Oxford keeper Max Crocombe has revealed he felt no pre-match nerves before his debut in the 1-1 draw with Burton.

The 19-year-old replaced Wayne Brown in the team, with number one Ryan Clarke sidelined following shoulder surgery.

"I knew on Monday morning and I didn't really feel much - I think I felt a bit too relaxed," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

"Everyone helped me through it. That's one thing that didn't come through nervousness, the players made it so comfortable for me."

Crocombe signed his first professional deal last year after impressing in the youth side and started the season third choice behind Clarke and player-coach Brown.

The Auckland-born keeper, who could represent New Zealand Under-20s in their World Cup qualifiers in March, had spells at MK Dons, Luton Town and Buckingham Town before joining Oxford's youth system.

"You need to enjoy the cold, windy, rainy nights to play in goal otherwise you'll have no chance," he continued.

"It's easy when you know the players and they're talking to you as well and there was nothing to be nervous about really.

"How I play you've got to be vocal in goal, and the manager said that to me before the game so I try to talk as much as I can, as long as you're not talking too much rubbish."

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