Doncaster Rovers: Hero Stuckmann looks for quick turnaround after Vale horror

Thorsten Stuckmann pulls off one of many saves
Thorsten Stuckmann pulls off one of many saves

Thorsten Stuckmann believes Tuesday night’s cup clash against Ipswich Town is the perfect chance for Rovers to put their Port Vale horror show behind them.

The German keeper was by far Rovers’ best player at Vale Park with his heroics helping to keep the score from such a poor team performance down to just 3-0.

Stuckmann says if Rovers can be mentally prepared, they can banish the memory of Saturday’s game when they host Ipswich in the Capital One Cup second round.

“It’s always good to have the games coming thick and fast if you’ve had a bad experience or a bad game,” he said. “It’s always good to make it right three days later.

“It’s all just in our heads and we have to be mentally read to face Ipswich.

“We all know we can play football because we’ve proved it over pre-season and already this season.

“We can talk over the weekend but then we have to get ready for Tuesday.”

Stuckmann says there is no excuse for so many of the side turning in poor performances.

And he takes no consolation from his own personal performance which got Rovers out of jail on numerous occasions, particularly in the first half when he pulled off a string of superb stops incluing saving a penalty.

“I’m still in jail because we lost,” he said.

“I’m there to keep us in the game if I have to.

“I was just glad to save the penalty because you thing it will hopefully lift us up but it didn’t.

“There’s no excuse to have a day off from the office. We’re professional footballers. We have to deliver on matchdays.

“We had so many wake-up calls with them missing a penalty and several chances.

“You think surely when we come out after half time we can turn this around with the quality we’ve got but two minutes in we got hit on the counter, it’s 2-0 and though it’s not over, it’s hard to come back from.”