Keeper on why Caldwell’s ‘playing out from the back’ philosophy differs from Swindon’s

Thorsten Stuckmann claims the ball above Millwall's Shaun Williams
Thorsten Stuckmann claims the ball above Millwall's Shaun Williams
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Gary Caldwell might be a firm believer in playing out from the back, but not at all costs says his goalkeeper.

Thorsten Stuckmann, who made his Chesterfield debut on 18th February, says the Spireites have to be smart about the times they elect to pass the ball around in defence.

And the 35-year-old sees a difference in what Caldwell wants and the way tomorrow’s hosts Swindon operate.

“We are in a situation where we have to judge, make the decision to play out from the back or not,” he said.

“Every manager in this country, anywhere in the world, would like to play out from the back, but you have to find the right areas and the right times to play.

“Swindon will do it even if there’s a man touch tight to the defender, they will play out from the back.

“That’s not what he wants, he wants us to play out if there are spaces there for us to play out.”

The German, who came unstuck on his debut with a heavy touch – from an admittedly rushed back pass – that allowed Bury to score a winner, has no problem being the man to start building attacks from the back.

He’s equally happy punting the ball the length of the field if that’s what the in-game situation requires.

“That’s fine, I’m fine with (passing out from the back), that’s modern football,” he said.

“When I first came over to England it was more like what I’m told is ‘kick and rush’ and you don’t want that.

“You have to play the conditions as well, he doesn’t want us playing out from the back no matter what, he wants us to be clever.

“If it has to go long, it has to go long.

“If it’s not on, what is the point of doing it?”