Leyton Orient clash can’t come soon enough for Stevenage defender

Fraser Franks on the ball

Fraser Franks on the ball - Credit: Archant

Stevenage defender Fraser Franks says Saturday’s game with Leyton Orient can’t come quick enough as he looks to banish the memory of Monday’s horror show defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Franks netted in that encounter at the Lamex Stadium, however the 3-1 loss to the then Sky Bet League Two basement side was a poor showing from his side.

Stevenage had enjoyed a six-game unbeaten streak before Christmas, but losses at Crawley Town and then to the Daggers put paid to that.

Ahead of Stevenage’s first match of 2016, Franks told the Comet: “It has been a frustrating couple of games.

“We went into both thinking we could get four to six points, we were in the game at Crawley, but we didn’t really get going and probably didn’t do enough to win, maybe could have got a point.

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“Everyone knows it [the performance against Dagenham] was nowhere near good enough and was probably the worst we have played all season.

“We had turned the corner and started to play well so to have a dip in form is not good.”

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Boro were back in training on Tuesday and assessed the previous day’s under-par display.

“It was a good thing we came in the day after the Dagenham game,” said the 25-year-old former Luton Town man.

“The boys got around each other and a few words were said between the boys.

“That game is in the past and the next one can’t come quick enough.

“We had a bad run at the start of the season and the fans stuck with us, I think they will all the way, but we need to turn up Saturday and give them something to be optimistic about for the New Year.”

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