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Riga: We Had Enough Opportunities

30 August 2014

Manager's Millwall Reaction

José Riga insists it was far from the same old story for Blackpool on Saturday, despite falling to a fifth league defeat from five this season.

The Seasiders were beaten by Millwall, as their second-half fight back failed to force a late equaliser at The Den.

However the manager saw enough positives in the performance to not be too down going into the international break.

“The score is the same and we don’t have a point, but it’s not the same story,” said Riga. “At half time we had more opportunities, but in this situation we have to score, we have to be effective and we are not.

“If we scored first, or received the penalty, it can be another story. They scored on a very good free-kick, but we missed a lot of concentration. Every time we make a mistake we are punished.

“Today we didn’t have many collective problems and we had enough opportunities, now it’s about decision making.”

At 1-0 down the visitors had serious claims for a penalty when Ishmael Miller went down in the Millwall box, only for the protests to fall on deaf ears.

“I’m sure it’s a penalty because I reviewed the action and that can be a different story.  If we score before half-time I think we see a different team, but the main thing is we conceded again just after.”

The introduction of Nile Ranger helped galvanise Blackpool in the second half, and Riga feels his side deserved a point at least.

“Nile showed two things, he has a big personality which everyone knew, and he can be very effective on the pitch.

“Every time he steps on the pitch he brings something to us. Obviously we have to see him when he will be fit, and we have to make the evaluation when he plays 90 minutes.

“It’s not often Millwall are dominated as they were at the end, but in our situation one thing important is to keep clean sheets and we are not,” said Riga.

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