PNE.Com speaks to goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann ahead of this weekend's home clash against Crawley Town...
“Nobody wants to just train, everybody wants to play the game and that is how it is so he is absolutely right.”
“Jens Lehmann was once asked what does he enjoy the most about football in England. His response was he gets to play a lot of matches.
“But it is good in England because you keep on going which helps build match fitness plus all you want to do is play football matches. Every footballer should want to play and win and that is one of the reasons why I am here.
“In England the games come thick and fast but in Germany you just play at the weekend, and during the international break you get two weeks off.
“It is important that we won and we have to continue down the same path starting tomorrow afternoon against Crawley Town.
In an exclusive interview with PNE.Com, the 31-year-old said: “We have made a good start to the season, we have picked up a good number of points early on but we didn’t play to our full potential last weekend but we won.
The German shot stopper is currently enjoying his first full season in the country, and is happy to get back into the thick of things this weekend when Crawley Town visit Deepdale for the very first time.
For players from overseas, the number of games played can be one of the main attractions to move to England, and goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann is no exception.
The quick turnaround of games in England is well documented with two games per week the usual timetable for professional footballers.
“They have the ability to scare the opposition because when Deepdale is loud it can be an intimidating place for an away team to come to and that is good for us.”
“The crowd have been excellent, they really support the team and I am sure they will be right behind the team once again.
“We need another three points this weekend, we have to perform better than we did last weekend and I am sure we will.
“It is a great feeling driving home after a game knowing you have just won. It makes life so much easier and you are able to enjoy your day off and be in good spirits when you return to training.
“I am enjoying myself a lot more than I was last year; I played well last year but if you end up losing the football match you are not happy at all.
“It is now completely different, everybody is positive and we have a great team spirit and this is one of the reasons why we are winning games.
“It is much more relaxed now; everybody is putting in the work that the gaffer wants compared to last year.
“When you are winning it makes it much easier, especially on the training pitch it makes it easier because the team spirit is high.Everybody around the place is in a good mood because we are winning,” the keeper revealed.
PNE’s number one has seen a lot of changes during his first ten months in Lancashire, but is a lot happier with the environment he is in now.