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Riga: We Are Improving

29 August 2014

Manager Looks For First Win At Millwall

José Riga hopes that the gradual improvement from his Blackpool team results in a first win of the season against Millwall tomorrow.

The Seasiders travel to The Den having suffered defeat by just a single goal in their last three league fixtures, but the manager hopes that the players can push on a level.   

"We are improving and we are trying to get as high and push the level of the team in every game," he said. "I'm focused on the game against Millwall and I don't go there thinking we can't win. I talk to the players in a very clear way and with the voice of a competitor because I am a competitor.

"Players like to play but, first of all, they like to win. To be in the team is not enough for the players. At the moment even with the work we do and how we work during the game, it's not enough at the moment. When you are good in a game, you have to be effective and productive. I work hard with the players and the staff on the pitch to find a solution inside the group."

As the transfer window prepares to close on the back of the weekend, Riga insists he will only add new faces to the group if the quality is right. 

"If it's not a plus for the team then there is no sense," he admitted. "I try to be respectful as possible with my choices, in terms of budget and what they can bring to the whole squad."

Former Liverpool, Blackburn and Leeds striker El Hadji Diouf has been training with the club recently, however the manager will take his time before making a decision on whether to sign him.

"He has a lot of experience but he needs training sessions to be fit. We need a good discussion and I don't want to rush because he's free, so there's not a question that we have to do it before the date," he added.

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