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Riga: There Were Positives

Posted: Sat 09 Aug 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Manager's Thoughts On Forest Defeat

After taking charge of his first game as Blackpool manager, José Riga took the positives from a spirited performance, despite defeat at Nottingham Forest.

The Seasiders were sunk by two first half goals at The City Ground, but showed plenty of character with ten players making their debuts. 

“There were a lot of positives, but I don’t want to stay on this because I want more. I’m not happy because we didn’t get three points and that’s my obsession,” said Riga.

“We knew it would be difficult for us, but the way they tried to stay in the game and to improve was pleasing. I was pleased with the performance, the behaviour, the commitment and the team spirit.”

Blackpool carved out a number of half-chances throughout the contest, but with a glut of transfers coming in in recent weeks, it will prove a useful learning curve for Riga and his squad.

“We have to relax, I said to my players we have to work hard on the present to get a better future. They tried all along and we see already some consistent parts, so the next step is to perform higher up the pitch, not just good possession in the middle.

“I prefer to be busy with my team and to try to master the different bits about the players. Individually I know we can grow collectively, sometimes we had a lack of self-confidence, or maybe it’s the fact they don’t know each other.

“I try to use what I have in the best way, depending on the situation every game. I have no fixed ideas about the system. One main target is to give the fans what they deserve. All the squad and staff are focused on the same idea and we will do it,” said Riga.