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Stuckmann: "I want to say well done to all the lads in-front of me."

2 April 2017

Thorsten Stuckmann hailed his teammates’ defensive resolve, as the Spireites battled out an entertaining 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.

The goalless draw was the Spireites first clean sheet in five matches, and stopper argued that the Spireites could have beaten Phil Parkinson’s side. 

The German said: “A clean sheet is always nice, but especially so when it is away from home at Bolton. I think the lads did brilliantly in-front of me, I didn't have as much to do as I have the last couple of games.

“In the last couple of minutes they put their bodies on the line for me and blocked two or three shots and that is just an example of it, I want to say well done to all the lads in-front of me. 

“I think overall we deserved to win, there was no fear at all. Coming here, playing in-front a big crowd and with so many young lads in the team like Joe [Rowley] who is 17. They were magnificent today I have to say that and I think we would have deserved a win.”

There has been a lengthy debate as to the formation that Gary Caldwell’s side should play, but Stuckmann told Player HD that if the results start coming then it won’t matter. 

“Today we played a three, but I don't care as long as we keep a clean sheet, we can even play two,” the stopper laughed. “We have worked a lot on the formations, and obviously you have to change it because it depends how the other teams play. 

“For me, from a formation point of view, I think that is the best we have played at the back and that is the standard we have to set now and it is what we have to keep doing.

“We have shown it before, we had a great away performance against Swindon when we beat them and we had a great away performance at Millwall. 

“I think it is just about getting the right balance and I think we have shown that here today, it is a starting point and we just have to build on that.”

The 36-year-old and his teammates return to the Proact on Saturday to face Port Vale and he asserted that his side will soon add goals to their game. 

He added: “If we show the same kind of performance that we did today and the desire to put their bodies on the line, to defend properly and do the basics then we will start scoring goals. 

“Unfortunately we didn't do that today but goals will come if you play like this, goals will come.”