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Riga: First Goal Is Crucial

23 October 2014

Manager On Reading Fixture

José Riga says the first goal could be crucial on Saturday, as Blackpool look to pick up three points at Reading.

The Seasiders have avoided defeat after falling behind just once this season, which Riga feels is down to organisation.

Reading themselves have scored just one goal in their last four matches, so the manager wants his side to use their heads at the Madejski Stadium.

“We have to be smart,” he said. “It's important for us to keep a clean sheet, but it doesn't mean it's the end of the game if not.

“Our big problem is being able to score. The mindset can be different when you concede to when you score, more so for us than the other team.

“When we concede the first one it's important to come back to the good organisation. When you're not conceding it's a good feeling too, so with one opportunity, and we created more than one last game, we can always take the three points.”

Following Tuesday's defeat Riga admitted frustrations were high in the dressing room, but he wants the players to use it to their advantage on the weekend.

“What makes me happy, if I can speak in this way, is that nobody was happy after the game. Today we had a good discussion because the frustration was big.

“It's a good reaction, because you cannot be happy at the bottom of the table. At the end of the day only points are important and that's the mindset of every player.

“We had a good discussion today to find a way next time to be able to get what we deserve,” he said.

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