Max Crocombe on relationship with James McKeown and Grimsby Town promotion hopes


Max Crocombe believes Grimsby Town produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Notts County.

The Mariners are back in action on Tuesday night looking to secure a third consecutive National League win over King’s Lynn Town.

Crocombe, who has started the last 10 matches in goal, is desperate to see his club continue their momentum and produce another string of winning results.

“I thought we deserved it, we were relentless in the second half,” Crocombe told Grimsby Live.

“The pressure finally showed and nothing beats a last-minute winner. I thought we had reached a new level again.

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“We’ve been close in other games but we were pushing the quality more and more during the game. It’s a testament to the guys, it’s an indicator for us that we can put the top teams under pressure.

“What a place to get a result, we have to back it up on Tuesday night. It’s a monkey on our back to get the win. We go into every game full of confidence.

“I think we have been beaten in games that we should have won or drawn, hopefully we can start.

“The fans were amazing, it’s one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played in a long time. We could have sold more. It was a reward for them to make it such a memorable game.

“To see the scenes, videos and photos the next day was awesome.”

Max Crocombe has started Grimsby Town's last 10 games in goal.
Max Crocombe has started Grimsby Town’s last 10 games in goal.

Crocombe replaced longtime James McKeown in goal in early December and has been a mainstay ever since.

The former Salford City shot-stopper enjoys life between the sticks and believes the consistency of selection across the defense has helped improve their solidity.

“I loved it, I think I did well,” he said.

“I’ve been frustrated with the losses, nobody feels good after losing. I think our processes have been solid, the teams don’t have a lot of chances.

“We were beaten and unlucky, but games like the last two Saturdays are huge for us.

“We can organize a race together. We have shown that we have the quality to organize a race together. More wins breed more confidence.

“It’s important to build relationships, it benefits everyone. Shaun (Pearson) and Luke (Waterfall) right in front of me were great.”

Working day in and day out with McKeown has been a joy for Crocombe, who is keen to extract all the knowledge from the longtime veteran.

The 28-year-old revealed the advice McKeown often shares after games in their post-match debrief.

“It’s really good, we’ve had a great relationship all year, he’s been so supportive of me,” Crocombe said.

“He’s been successful with this club for so long, there’s a lot to learn, it’s important that you listen to people like him. We push ourselves all the time.

“We’ve both been in and out of the team and have always supported each other a lot. That’s all you could ask for.

“I really enjoy working with him, you can see how he has been successful with consistency and longevity. I try to get the best out of him.

“After games, there are times when you talk about little details. Whether it’s a certain shot or a decision to go out or stay back, those little bits.

“We’re both passionate about football, about goalkeeping. It’s not hard to talk about these things, they come out naturally.

“Just listen and learn, he’s been there, seen it and done it. They always give you advice, even little moments you won’t notice, but it can make a big difference. difference.”


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