Date: 20th November 2015 at 8:50pm
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Interim head coach Karel Fraeye has given his pre Birmingham press conference, and here’s what he had to say about Gary Rowett’s boys.

Audio – Fraeye On Vaz Te & Kermorgant

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game media duties, these are the four main focus points from the interviews.

Obviously our trip to St Andrews figured highly, but Fraeye also talked about a boost in confidence following the pre international break victory over Sheffield Wednesday and the addition of Ricardo Vaz Te.

Speaking about this weekend’s hosts, he explained.

‘They are a team that performs very well away from home. They struggle a bit at home and, as I have read from their manager, they have a particular style of play that is very organised. They have a lot of pace on the counter attack and I think we know how the game will develop. As a home team, people expect you to be more dominant and go for the wins but they always play in a similar way, whether that be home or away, and it is working for them.’

Moving on to what he believes Vaz Te will bring to the side, he said he wasn’t yet match fit but was getting there and he didn’t feel the former West Ham striker was a gamble for us in anyway.

‘I want him to bring goals – it`s very simple. In the final third, we don`t have too many bodies, and with the bad news that Igor Vetokele needed an operation and will be out for eight or nine weeks and with some important games coming up, we really needed something more. Ricardo can bring us something we need. He can keep the ball, has good pace and he is quite tall. He`ll make us weight heavier in the final third. He isn`t match fit yet but match fitness you can only gain by playing games and that`s what he`ll do in the coming weeks. A good start will be important for him and for us. He could be involved on Saturday.’

With Tony Watt struggling with injury still himself, he also confirmed that Chris Solly could make a return this Saturday as well.

‘Tony Watt is still struggling. He hasn`t trained properly for the last two weeks but has been doing a lot of hark work with Erol. It will be difficult for him to be fit on Saturday. Chris Solly received a kick against Sheffield and he has also done quite a lot of work with Erol. We will wait until Saturday before deciding whether he plays or not.’

Adding that all of the players who were away on international duty this last fortnight have already fit and recovery sessions have been done, but he’ll make a decision on their freshness given the travelling they have done.

‘All of our players that were on international duty returned fit. Johann came back on Wednesday and did a good recovery session today, so there shouldn`t be a problem there. Reza had a long, 25-hour flight back, so we will have to manage that, but he is fit. Henderson came back very early and we have a very motivated Stephen Henderson back after Ireland`s great result.’

And finally he spoke of the benefits of the international break for us given the injury situation, and also his pleasure that we went into it on the back of a good victory.

For him it was also a good time to learn more about the players and work with them without a game taking the focus.

‘We were happy to have the break because a lot of players needed a rest. We used the two weeks to learn some more about the squad, though a few players were away; Mikhail Kennedy, Henderson, Johann, Reza. We are more looking forward to the next three weeks, when we have full weeks to work in training with the whole squad. The performance and win against Sheffield Wednesday gave a lot of energy to everyone heading into the break but now our focus is on Saturday to confirm that the Sheffield game was not just a lucky one.’

Another player potentially returning to first team duties could be youngster Harry Lennon as Charlton have confirmed he has been recalled from his loan spell at League One high flyers Gillingham.

The 20 year old, who made his Charlton debut back in January 2014 is now eligible for the game against Birmingham tomorrow, and he returns having scored twice in eight appearances for his loan side and in those eight games Gillingham only lost once – to promotion rivals Walsall – and in their last match returned to top spot with victory over Bury.

The club themselves confirm that the defender’s performances have been the reason he’s been recalled.

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