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Riga: Best Team Won

Posted: Tue 12 Aug 2014

Manager Reflects On Cup Exit

José Riga says Shrewsbury Town deserved their victory in the Capital One Cup, while admitting that the fixture came at the worst possible time for Blackpool. 

A goal from ex-Pool striker Scott Vernon was enough to separate the sides at The Greenhous Meadow, as The Seasiders continue to build up match sharpness.

"The best team won," Riga said. "I knew that this game, three days after the other one, would be difficult for us. It was difficult for us, not only the contents of the game but the physical.

"I knew that this game arrived at the worst moment for us but it's a step more. We just have to look and find a solution for the next step."

Blackpool's second-half performance was much better than the first, but the intensity was lacking given the efforts of Saturday's showing at Nottingham Forest.  

"It was better but it wasn't enough. I don't have the same feeling as the last game, we missed some energy in the game and we were second on the ball. We have to be realists because we didn't have enough to make a result in our situation.

"I hope that the next days will bring other news about players because at the moment we are not able to make a rotation. The players are not really ready physically but with the football we just try to do our job and get some results."

The game saw a number of new faces make debuts for the club, with Jeffrey Reintmeister lining up alongside Peter Clarke following a move from Belgian side Westerlo. 

"Jeffrey is a guy who can be a very good team-mate and he can perform. Tonight he had Jacob Mellis near him who wasn't used to his position, but he can be at a good level when the team is at a good level. His first game was quite difficult but I trust him to be a good team-mate and to help us. I know his behaviour and his quality as a player," Riga added.

The Seasiders will now re-group and go again as they host Blackburn Rovers at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.