Date: 5th November 2015 at 5:45pm
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Interim head coach Karel Fraeye has said that nobody at the club are blind to our current struggles but he called on the fans to back the team with reports of protests this weekend.

Audio – Fraeye On His Own Future

Speaking to News Shopper in his pre game press conference, the gaffer knew things had to change and he was hoping that everybody could pull together with protests arranged for ahead of Sheffield Wednesday.

‘We`re not blind, we know we`re struggling to score and then it`s hard to win the games. We are working on that and I can only hope that the supporters are backing the players. A home game should be an advantage. I`m not blind or stupid, I know the controversy – so I hope that from kick-off the supporters will be behind the team. I hope they do their job because we can only do our job. I understand the frustration because no one wants to see their team at the bottom and things aren`t improving but it will need time. The biggest issue is that we see players that we know can perform much better – they did it earlier in the season, but they need confidence. That takes time, there`s no injections of confidence and we cannot buy it. It needs time and good results and wins.’

The 37 year old also confirmed that Jordan Cousins was out of contention for this weekend having picked up an injury in the defeat to MK Dons and we also look set to be without Johann Berg Gudmundsson as although he hasn’t been ruled out yet he’s considered a major doubt.

‘Jordan will be out, Johann is very doubtful for Saturday after receiving a hard kick on his leg. We will decide on Saturday if he can play. This is the situation we are in now.’

Fraeye also confirmed that he had no assurances about his own future at the club and talks with the board or owner had not taken place about the job.

‘There are no discussions about my position. I`m working on a week-to-week basis, the least important thing at the moment is my position.’

Conor McAleny has also returned to parent club Everton today after we cut short his loan spell. Having joined us in mid September, the 23 year old has made four starts for us with an additional five from the bench and his last appearance came against MK Dons.

Fraeye seemed pretty clear when asked the question about the early cancellation of the highly rated youngster.

‘They are not down, everyone was very disappointed but we know the only way is to look forward and work hard and the players are willing to do that. If players don`t want to do it I`m not going to use them. In that case we ended the contract of Conor McAleny today so it needed to give an example.’

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