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Thorsten: This is the turning point

11 September 2015

Big friendly goalkeeper speaks to the press ahead of trip to Midlands.

Fans favourite Thorsten Stuckmann has thrown his weight behind caretaker manager Rob Jones saying that the defender is the “perfect” man for the job.

Goalkeeper Stuckmann has been in imperious form for Doncaster this season with clean sheets, man of the match performances and a penalty save to his name just a month in to his career in South Yorkshire.

“I’ve only known him (Jones) a few weeks, I’ve played against him a few times too, but he’s got this natural authority and he has got a clear idea in his mind of how he wants to play football and how he wants the club running and he made that clear this morning,” said Stuckmann.

“He’s got a really straight way of talking to us, there’s no lies, it’s just the truth straightaway and we’ve got to deal with it. He has got the respect of the dressing room and the confidence because everyone will back him because they like him as a player and they’ll do likewise as a manager.

“Everyone will be behind him so it’s down to all of us so that we support him as much as we can and that starts on Saturday afternoon.”

Stuckmann was very matter of fact regarding the departure of first team manager Paul Dickov and indicated that the players could shoulder a portion of the responsibility before looking to right wrongs when they face high flying Walsall at Bescot Stadium on Saturday.

“It’s never nice but I think we have to question ourselves with what happened. We probably haven’t produced as many wins as we would have liked for the football club,” he said.

“That is the business – as bad as it is – but we now have to look forward to turning a corner when we face Walsall. There are no excuses, we’ve had a good meeting with the gaffer this morning and he’s told us how he wants us to play, what he expects in the dressing room, what he expects off the field and I think it was clear that the focus is on Saturday now.

“They (Walsall) have got some young players and the manager has a really good philosophy there, he seems to have got it right. They are a really good footballing team who love to attack and get forward through (Romaine) Sawyers and (Tom) Bradshaw but they’re vulnerable and we have to put our mark on this game and perform well, as we know we can do.

“We have to defend well, be organised and be a bit more expressive going forward so we have every chance. We have to make sure we’re focussed and mentally prepared and then it’s down to us and not Walsall.”

Asked what Doncaster’s approach would be to the game under Jones, Stuckmann was typically straight faced: “We want to score one more goal than the opposition!”

Rovers next home game is against Oldham Athletic on September 19th 2015. Tickets can be bought by CLICKING HERE or by calling 01302 762576.

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