Patience is something which Preston North End keeper Thorsten Stuckmann has had to have in abundance over the past year.

Thorsten Stuckmann

Thorsten Stuckmann

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Thor eyes No.1 spot

The German shot-stopper made his first competitive start in 11 months as PNE beat Shrewsbury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.

It went well for him, with just a couple of routine saves to make in the second half as the Lilywhites protected the lead given to them by Jordan Hugill.

Stuckmann told the Evening Post: “I was desperate to get more game time and I really enjoyed the 90 minutes.

“I was happy to keep the clean sheet and it was a good win. My last competitive game was nearly a year ago and obviously I would like to play more.

“I have had to have a lot of patience and it is a case of keep working hard to put Jamie Jones under pressure and wait for my chance to come.”

The midweek JPT clash was Stuckmann’s 60th game in the North End goalkeeper’s jersey.

After his arrival at Deepdale in November 2011, he made the No.1 shirt his own.

His performances won him the 2011/12 player of the year award, with Stuckmann sharing the gloves with Steve Simonsen for the first half of the 2012/13 campaign.

But the loan signing of Declan Rudd in February 2013 signalled the beginning of a long spell of bench warming.

Rudd was first choice for his season-and-a-half stay and now summer signing Jones has the gloves.

Stuckmann’s last competitive game until Tuesday had been against Oldham in the JPT last October, when he was beaten twice inside the first few 
minutes.

The Shrewsbury tie provided an ideal opportunity to play 33-year-old Stuckmann.

Reflecting on the game, he said: “We certainly started a lot better than the last time I played.

“We wanted to get through and did that – getting to Wembley is our target.

“It was a tough game because Shrewsbury had been playing well and hadn’t lost until they came here.

“Our winning goal was a good one. Calum Woods put in a great run down the side of the box and crossed perfectly for Jordan Hugill to score.

“Jordan is really sharp at the moment and is looking like a very good player.”