Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones says his side owe the fans a win against Stuttgart on Saturday after back-to-back draws.
The Royal Blues were pegged back from leading 2-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt to draw 3-3 in their Bundesliga meeting a week ago while they only managed a goalless draw at Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Tuesday.
``We have a home game and we want the points, also to pay back the fans three points for the sensational support they gave us in Frankfurt and Bucharest,'' said the USA international on his club's official website.
``Of course we would have liked to have won both of those games because we have lots of quality in the side, but we also have a very young side and that must not be forgotten.
``It's not so easy for some of the youngsters to deal with the pressure, but we're professionals and we've got to deal with it.''
Victory for Schalke would cement their place inside the top six, but Stuttgart are keen to reduce their current deficit of five points on the sixth-placed side and throw their hat back into the ring for a place in Europe next season.
``We know how to beat Schalke as we did it twice last season,'' said their coach Thomas Schneider.
``We may not have always picked up the points, but we've always played well and we've analysed our mistakes and know the way we want to go with the lads.''
Stuttgart are without the injured Cacau and Arthur Boka, but Georg Niedermeier should be fit, despite not training with the team this week.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kyriakos Papadopoulos are still absent for the hosts.