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Riga: I Believe We Can Get The Points

22 August 2014

Manager Looks Ahead To Wigan

Blackpool manager José Riga expects his side to reap the benefit of a positive few days on the training field when they travel to Wigan on Saturday.

After defeat to Brentford on Tuesday Riga has been pleased with the reaction in training, and now feels a win is just around the corner.

“I believe we can get the points this weekend,” said Riga. “When I spoke to the players you didn't see people who are down, everyone believes in what we are trying to do.

"We are focusing so much on my team at the moment, more than our opponents. That doesn't mean we won't go there without the intention of getting a result.

"We won there last season but the story isn't always the same, this is another season, another situation and different players.”

Meanwhile the Belgian revealed Gary MacKenzie will come into contention for the trip to the DW Stadium, having missed the opening few weeks of the campaign.

"Gary will be part of the squad from now on, he has been injured for some weeks, but is now back training with us.

“Joan Oriol was tired after the game on Tuesday, but that's normal. We expect him to be available and I hope we can have the same squad as Tuesday at least.

"We don't have a second team so it's hard to give these people games, but through training sessions they will get there.”

Meanwhile Riga confirmed that Costa Rican José Miguel Cubero will again miss out, as the club continue to fight for a work permit for the player.

“Cubero won't be ready again. It’s starting to be a big frustration for not only me but also the player and his team mates.

"We are waiting for news on him and the day he can play for us and be out there on the pitch,” said Riga.

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