Date: 9th November 2015 at 11:20am
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Interim head coach Karel Fraeye has called victory over Sheffield Wednesday a massive three points for Charlton.

Video – Sheffield Wednesday Highlights
Audio – Fraeye On First Win

Speaking to the Official Site following the three one victory on Saturday with goals coming from Johnnie Jackson, Simon Makienok and Reza Ghoochannejhad (who Sky had trouble saying let alone spelling!) the gaffer was obviously delighted with our efforts on the day as we picked up a first win in 12 league attempts.

‘Of course. Everyone said we had no chance today. Sheffield Wednesday had not been beaten in 11 games and we were on a poor run without scoring for a long time. From the outside, the perception to our team, our quality and our staff was very negative. But inside, we always believed that we had the quality. That`s what the players have always said and they confirmed those qualities. We put in the head of the players that hard work always pays off. We had a very difficult game at Middlesbrough, but we all learned from it.’

Fraeye went on to say that there was improvement for him in the game against MK Dons but it was only a small improvement and on a run like ours the first goal becomes absolutely key, as when it goes against you it does kill your spirit, but when it goes for you like Saturday it gives you a great boost.

‘We knew we could hurt them with our set-pieces and I`m very happy for the skipper. It was his third 90-minute game this week and he opened the scoring for us which gave a boost to the supporters, who were excellent today. They played their part and pushed the players forwards. Just before half-time, we got the second goal and it couldn`t have come at a better moment. We expected some pressure from Sheffield Wednesday, but once Reza scored the third goal, we had our plan, and we knew how they would play us.’

Having done our homework, Fraeye admitted with them not picking Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu it did come as a surprise to him, but we still had confidence we could hurt them and we did just that.

‘Even when they made it 3-1, it was one of those days where nothing could happen to us. The desire – and that is the code word for today – the desire we showed in possession and out of possession, pushing forwards, sliding, tackling, headers, second balls. The desire we showed was big. It was massive and when you have a massive desire you can have a massive win.’

Asked whether the result had changed his feelings on taking the job on in a permanent capacity, he repeated once more that his own future wasn’t important at the minute, what was important was the run without a win was over and we go into the international break now with increased confidence and belief.

‘I`m happy to go into the international break because a lot of players like Alou Diarra and Jackson are running on empty batteries, they`ve played a lot of games. They need to rest and this is the best feeling to take into an international break.’

It was also the first time this season Charlton have scored three, and the first time we’ve found the net in the last six, so Fraeye was pushed on what he meant by desire and how that had changed for this weekend compared to other matches.

‘Hard work pays off. We work with them all day and had an intensive week with the team. Every day has been very, very busy. We tried to find the balance between training sessions and video analysis and performance analysis from the players both as a team and as individuals. The players had a tough week. We knew that the batteries were empty but hard work pays off and they did not stop to confirm their belief in their qualities. But also, I repeat that the role the supporters played was important. They were excellent and the players made a good performance.’

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