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Stuckmann: "We have to show that we are up for a battle."

3 March 2017

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Thorsten Stuckmann ensured fans that the Spireites will pay them back for their fantastic support this season, insisting that the club can get out of their current situation.

The Spireites travel to Swindon tomorrow (3pm) and the stopper insisted that his side still hold the belief that they can survive and that they will fight for every single ball in order to do so. 

Stuckmann said: “I can understand that there is some negativity and frustration in and around the club because we are second bottom of the league. 

“But we need supporters as much as they need us, we are all in the same boat. I have been here before and you do come out of the blues and one of the reasons that we done that was because of the support. 

“The support since I arrived here has been brilliant, Millwall away was absolutely fantastic, we need them and they need us, we will pay them back.

“Swindon are a footballing side, they want to pass the ball around and we have to make sure that we go into the game with the same mindset that we had against Millwall. 

“We have to show that we are up for a battle, it has to be scrappy and it has to be horrible for them. 

“We have to throw everything bad against them and then as soon as we get the ball we have to be clinical in the box and create chances and express ourselves going forward.”

The German admitted that the side must forget the result against Oxford in order to focus on the remainder of the season. 

“In the weeks before Oxford I think that performances have been good in certain parts of games, we just have to do this for 90 minutes and then it will turn. Obviously it has to turn quickly, but I am convinced that it will tomorrow,” the stopper continued. 

“I would rather concede four in one game than four in four games, obviously it is not nice, but we have got to push this to the side.

“Looking back against Millwall I don't think you could say a bad word about the defence, it is hard to say, but we just have to put Oxford to one side and mark it down as a bad day at the office.”

Having only recently signed for the club, the 35-year-old praised his new team mates as well as the shape of the squad. 

He said: “The club is a great club and it is a great dressing room as well, it is a really good bunch of lads, the reason I have signed here is because there is that belief. 

“I think we have got a good mixture of ages, we have got Evo [Ian Evatt], Sam Hird, Dan Jones, Dan Gardner, Ched [Evans], Sylvan [Ebanks-Blake] and myself, we’ve all been in the game for a long time. 

“Then if you look at the young lads such as Liam Grimshaw or Tom Anderson, they have got the strength to do it and they have got the power to do it.

“You need young players like Reece Mitchell for example, players who go out and enjoy their football, players who bring energy and joy to the side.”

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