Dougie Freedman felt that his side were not too far away from getting something from their long trip north to Teeside.
'We haven't played too badly at all. We did enough to stay in the game and after the break improved. Once we pulled one back we had a few good chances to get something out of the game, but a couple of errors in important areas cost us. Generally we were okay. We were competitive, we worked hard and it's pleasing that spirit remains fantastic. It we keep working and believing it will come.'
He was able to name all three new signings in his squad and was pleased with their performance in the narrow defeat.
“At the back Darcy Blake gave us the type of performance we know he is capable of and Yannick Bolasie gave us energy and gave a real spirited showing with just one training session with us under his belt. Andre Moritz came off the bench and did fantastically well as he created some good chances for us.”
After two straight defeats confidence levels would have been lifted if the side could have kept that first half effort out going into half time.
“As we are now, confidence wise, it would have been good to have got through to half time without conceding but we reacted well in the second half and now need to work on our game in both boxes. Some of our approach play was good but it was disappointing we couldn’t take some of the chances we created count”.
As we go into the final week of the transfer window the boss is still hoping to make some further additions to his squad.
“The board of directors have given me fantastic backing this past week and I want to go on from the signings we have made to try and strengthen more so I expect to be very busy this week as we lead up to the window closing."