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Stucks On Pompey Shut Out

15 December 2012

PNE.Com speaks to German shot stopper Thorsten Stuckmann after recording a clean sheet.

North End’s number one put in a sterling performance against Pompey and played his part in Izale McLeod’s missed penalty at the start of the first half.

Apart from the early penalty miss, Stuckmann was only tested from distance which more than suits the 31-year-old.

“It is always great to get a clean sheet and we deserved to get one too. We defended very well this afternoon and limited Portsmouth to only a couple of chances on target.

“Portsmouth won a penalty early on and it hit the cross bar, but I wasn’t too far away from the shot, but its okay because the ball hit the bar. It was a solid performance from the lads today. 

“In the first half Portsmouth had two chances just before half-time. I know Jake Jervis from his time on loan with us last season and he has always had a good shot on him.

“Their second chance they shot from 40-yards away and if they want to try and shoot from there they can do that all day long.”

The trip to the south coast to Fratton Park was Stuckmann’s first and the keeper was on the receiving end of kind hearted banter from the Pompey support due to his pink strip.

However, the chants only made Stuckmann smile and he concluded his interview with the Club’s website by praising the back four and admitting he enjoyed today’s experience.

“It is a long way to come but it was a great atmosphere. Portsmouth are currently struggling, but I really enjoyed playing at Fratton Park. 

“These are the kind of stadiums you want to play football, they are traditional English grounds. Their fans gave me some stick in the second half when I played in front of them.

“It is what you want; if I am wearing a pink strip then I am bound to get some stick so I will have to thank the kit man later. Portsmouth is a tough place to come, but a great place to come as well.

“We also want to give a special mention to all the Preston fans that made the trip today, they were excellent like always. 

“The back four were outstanding, most of them played at Stoke in midweek apart from Chris Robertson. Everybody knows how each other plays and whoever is selected to play by the manager gives 100 per cent. 

“We will try again at Bury on Tuesday night. The JPT gives us a fabulous chance to go and play at Wembley and are confident of reaching the next round.”

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