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Stuckmann: "The lads are brilliant."

23 February 2017

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Thorsten Stuckmann kept his first Spireites clean sheet in just his second match, since signing for the club, shutting out play-off hopeful’s Millwall in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at the Den.

The stopper praised both the attacking and defensive resilience of the side, insisting that it provides the team with a solid platform for the remainder of the season. 

“We came here and the minimum aim was to get a clean sheet and a point,” said the German. “That is what we have to get every game and if we do then I think we have a really, really good chance of staying in the league.

“I think attacking wise we played - especially in the first half - really well. The second half was more about (shutting) out and taking a lot of pressure. 

“Although I think we had some good opportunities to score in the second half as well, we just have to be a bit more clinical.”

Stuckmann has been training with the Spireites for a number of weeks now and says that he has settled in well with his new teammates. 

He said: “I will enjoy it even more when we get some wins in, the lads are brilliant and have made it really easy for me to settle in. 

“I am driving in with Hirdy [Sam Hird] every day to training so there is already a connection there, which is good; we just need some results to make it even better.”

There is little rest for the 35-year-old and his new teammates, with Oxford travelling to the Proact on Saturday, and Stuckmann spoke of the confidence that the team will take into the game. 

“I think what was really disappointing last Saturday was that we did not get anything out of it, but we have to win on Saturday, it is a must win fixture at home to Oxford, but I am pretty sure we will win,” he said.

The German praised supporters who once again travelled in their numbers to another long-distance Tuesday night fixture.

He added: “Great support, I have to say that it is a horrible trip down to London on a Tuesday evening and we as a team really appreciate that they have come all this way down, and supported us and helped us a lot.”

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