Date: 2nd November 2015 at 9:15pm
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Interim head coach Karel Fraeye suffered all too regular disappointment following the loss to Middlesbrough this weekend.

Video – Middlesbrough Highlights
Audio – Positives For Fraeye

Speaking to the Official Site having called on the players to toughen up ahead of the match, going down three nil on the day wasn’t exactly what he had planned for.

There were however positives he felt he could take from the performance, and the first half in particular.

‘It is not the result we wanted in our first game but for 60 minutes we competed with Middlesbrough. After the goal we had some difficulties but I liked that, even at 3-0 down, we kept going and tried to score ourselves. It`s with that mentality that we will have to go on.’

Fraeye admitted that part of the game plan was to try and frustrate Middlesbrough but he refuted suggestions that it was ‘game over’ once the first goal went in, but he admitted two goals in succession certainly gave us a mountain to climb.

‘Absolutely not but then they scored again very quickly afterwards and then it was very difficult. We were about to bring on Tony Watt to use the spaces that we would have, and just and that moment they scored the first goal.’

With a few days in the job now and a few training sessions under his belt, he went on to say.

‘I already knew a lot of the players in the squad but now it`s important that we get them all fit and in good condition. It is clear at the moment that we are not ready to compete over 90 minutes with our strongest starting XI. We can only play 11 players. Whether we have a squad of just 11 or 30, we can only put 11 on the pitch at any one time. We are in the bottom three at the moment and clearly we do not want to be in there. The players are in a difficult situation at the moment and, in the short term, we have to get out of there as soon as possible.’

With three three nillers now in succession, he ended by saying that he believed the quality and determination was right in the squad, we just need a break to lift confidence and hopefully now that will be on Tuesday evening.

‘The biggest answer is that I have had chats with every single first-team player here. Not one player said that the squad was not good enough. If the players, and they all want to win, say this squad is good enough when they train with them every day then who would I be to judge and say it`s not true? Now it`s up to us to put things right. We will see. We have got three days until the game. We will put out our best team at the moment to try and win the game.’

The club have also announced that chief executive Katrien Meire and non executive chairman Richard Murray will be meeting with fan representatives to discuss recent life and concerns surrounding the club with our results and the departure of Guy Luzon.

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