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Riga: I Am Pleased

20 September 2014

José Reflects On Another Point

José Riga declared himself pleased after watching Blackpool pick up a point at Brighton with a display that was full of resilience. 

Without Peter Clarke due to illness and forced to play the closing stages with ten men following an injury to Jeffrey Rentmeister, The Seasiders held out for their second draw of the season. 

"In the circumstances of the game and of course the fact that we finished with ten players after I’d just made my last change, it was a good result," he said. "It was quite difficult because we had a striker playing at right-back and another in the midfield.

"I am pleased with the performance and certainly with the commitment of the players. I told my players from day one that we have to be the best team in terms of team spirit, commitment and collaboration."

Rentmeister left The Amex on crutches after sustaining an ankle injury in a challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith. Prior to that, the defender looked more assured on his return to the side.  

"It is his first injury so he is very unlucky. It is his ankle so he will need some exams to know exactly the problem," Riga explained. "I was happy for him because in the last game I put him at six so I didn’t help him. Today, in a difficult situation, he did well and for us it is very important that his injury is not too important because we already have four players injured. He has worked hard to reach this level so I hope for the best."

The players will now recover and be assessed ahead of a home game against Norwich City next Saturday.

"The first step will be to have a rest because we also have a very long trip back. We will have to see exactly what happened with Jeffrey and how Johnny (Lundstram) is because he also had some problems. Maybe we can have some solutions about other players," Riga added.

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