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Riga: Big Performance

1 October 2014

Blackpool Pick Up Point at Middlesbrough

José Riga says it took a big performance from Blackpool to get a deserved point in a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

After the efforts of Saturday's showing against Norwich City, the manager could not hide his satisfaction with the team's latest display.

"The players did what they had to do and for me as coach that is the best answer," he said. "They were trying all together through commitment and some good opportunities also.

"It's a big performance in the context of the game we had to play at home. I'm happy with the reaction and the way they did it."

The Seasiders continue to grow in confidence and could have even won at The Riverside, had players made the most of other opportunities. The likes of Jeffrey Rentmeister, José Cubero and Joan and Edu Oriol are also starting to become accustomed to life in the division.
"We miss this next step to be more effective sometimes but this is the first time most of the players have played together and most of them have no experience of The Championship or not enough. We have to build something new and the foundation is the team spirit."

Blackpool's goal came courtesy of Ishmael Miller, with the striker now backed to keep improving and build on his first strike for the club. 

"I am delighted for Ishmael and he is also. He was close to maybe scoring a second but the starting point is not the fact that he scores, he is working harder than before.

"He arrived after five weeks of discussions and without preparation. When you see his profile he needs to be fit and because he wants to work he is now fitter and fitter. He has to keep going in this way," Riga added.

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