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Riga: Benefit Of Free Week

Posted: Thu 28 Aug 2014

Manager Looks Ahead To Millwall

José Riga says Blackpool should benefit from a full week on the training ground when they face Millwall on Saturday.

The Seasiders had no mid-week game for the first time this season, aside from the Lancashire Senior Cup, so were able to put time in at Squires Gate.

Now they travel to The Den hoping to chalk up a first win of the season, and Riga confirms it’s been a useful week.

“We were working hard to get what we could not get before, a good level of intensity,” said Riga.

“It doesn’t mean in two or three days we were able to bring it, but it’s been the only time we’ve had many days without too much thinking towards a game. It was nice for us to be able to work as we did.”

Meanwhile the boss provided an injury update, but will be left to sweat on the availability of a number of first-team players.

“I want to take care with Orlandi, he played only one hour (against Morecambe) to be able to train the day after. He was training the day after and had to stop earlier than the others, but that is normal, it was more about tiredness, so he will be fit.

“Joan Oriol has tired muscles so he must rest, but I think he will be able to be part of the game, Steve Davies we’ll see.

“Gary MacKenzie played during the week and still has a problem with his Achilles, which is an injury from the previous season, so he’ll certainly not make it.

“Bobby Grant is still injured from the first day and Jacob Mellis is a few weeks away,” he said.