One casualty of Thorsten Stuckmann’s return to the Preston North End first-team has been his voice.
The German goalkeeper has been shouting himself hoarse when booming out instructions to the back four.
But the husky voice after a game is a price Stuckmann is more than happy to pay.
Having spent 19 months on the bench for league matches while Declan Rudd and then Jamie Jones got the nod ahead of him, he got a recall for last month’s visit to leaders Bristol City.
The 33-year-old has taken his chance with both gloves, keeping three clean sheets in four games.
Throw in the fact that he also scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Oldham, it has been a good few weeks for him.
Although keepers might not do the same amount of running as their outfield team-mates, there is still an element of match fitness they have to regain after being out of the action.
Stuckmann said: “I think the main thing is the concentration, having to focus for 90 minutes.
“That leaves you just as tired as the physical work you get through during a game.
“The two Sundays after the games at Bristol City and Yeovil, my two little boys didn’t get much of my attention because I was on the sofa watching the football, I was so tired!
“But I’ll take that feeling all day long if it means I’m playing again and so will my family.
“It is so different when you know you are playing rather than going to be sat on the bench, it makes the whole week and weekend so much better.
“One thing which I have noticed since getting back to the side is that I have no voice after games.
“I’m a shouter during the matches, talking to the defenders although I don’t know if they hear me because of the crowd noise.
“My wife said to me after the Bristol City game ‘it’s good that you have no voice because it means you are playing’.
“I find at the moment that I have a husky voice on a Saturday night and Sunday morning.”
Stuckmann says he is starting to feel settled between the posts, his confidence and sharpness increasing with each game.
After clean sheets against Bristol City, Yeovil and Shrewsbury, he will be looking to keep a fourth when MK Dons visit Deepdale this weekend.
The Buckinghamshire club are certain to provide a tough test for North End, with them travelling to Lancashire in third place.
Said Stuckmann: “This is a massive game for us and one we are looking forward to.
“We have been going quite well recently and hopefully the good form will continue.
“The performance when we beat Shrewsbury last week wasn’t the best, we know we can play a lot better.
“However, the main thing is that we got the win and are in the third round of the FA Cup.
“It was another clean sheet which I’m not complaining about.
“I have kept three clean sheets in four games and I hope to get a lot more of those.
“If we keep a clean sheet, we cannot lose a game, that is the way we look at things.
“As a goalkeeper and a back four, our main job is to stop the opposition scoring – except Paul Huntington because he loves scoring!
“This is an important spell for us, we have a lot of big games over the next few weeks.
“We play MK Dons and Peterborough who are both up there, there’s Notts County next week in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, then we have the Christmas matches.
“I do like playing at Christmas, that was a new experience for me when I came to play in England three years ago.
“In Germany I had been used to finishing on December 20 and coming back to training on January 6.
“In that time we will play four games and it is a good opportunity to pick up a lot of points.
“We have got family coming over from Germany for Christmas and it is good that we have a home game on Boxing Day for them to see. My first Christmas as a Preston player, I was in a hotel because I had only signed the month before.
“We’ve got our own house now and two little kids who cannot wait for Christmas to arrive.”
Stuckmann has dislodged Jamie Jones from between the sticks to regain his place.
While delighted to back in the side, in typical keeper’s union style he does feel some sympathy for Jones.
“Jamie and I work well together in training and we get on well away from the pitch too,” said Stuckmann.
“He is obviously disappointed not to be playing but we both know how it works for keepers in football. It is nothing personal when one keeper gets in ahead of the other.”
Inevitably during an interview with Stuckmann, the conversation turned to penalties, in particular the one he slotted away in the JPT win at Oldham.
Was there a temptation for him to dash up field and take the one which PNE were awarded in the Shrewsbury game?
He chuckled: “No, I will do that at Wembley in the JPT final!
“It would be too much of a risk during a game if I missed and had to get back to the other end – I’m 33 now, too old to run back to the other end.”