Cut the stupid goals, says Riga

Blackpool boss Jose Riga
Blackpool boss Jose Riga
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A frustrated Jose Riga said “stupid goals” are costing Blackpool as they crashed to the bottom of the Championship with last night’s 2-1 home defeat by Brentford.

Despite Nathan Delfouneso putting the Seasiders ahead, goals either side of the break by the newly promoted Bees left Pool without a point after three games.

The Seasiders started the game in a positive fashion and that made the defeat even more difficult for Riga to take.

The manager said: “I’m very frustrated as the first goal we conceded was the same as we have conceded in the other games – stupid goals.

“It was also frustrating to concede just before half-time. If we’d made it to the break it would have been a different story. For the first time we were leading.

“What is important now for us is to learn the ability to keep clean sheets.

“We finished the game very well, so I can’t be too disappointed.

“We wanted a result at home for our fans and we were close.”

Riga was once again forced into changes, with Jacob Mellis joining the injury list at Bloomfield Road.

But Pool’s Belgian boss remained positive. “I can’t fault my players,” he said.

“I was disappointed as we were always in the game. It wasn’t as if Brentford dominated.

“We weren’t far away and that makes it more difficult. We scored an excellent goal.

“Francois Zoko did really well on the wing and I saw in that goal some things we’ve done on the training ground.

“That’s nice for a coach but it’s nicer to win points.

“Brentford may have just been promoted but you could tell they have spent a lot of time playing together.

“We have seen good parts in each game we’ve played without getting the results.”

Pool ended the game strongly but couldn’t force an equaliser, despite Peter Clarke going up front and keeper Joe Lewis charging upfield for a corner.

Riga added: “Right until the final minute we were trying to get back into the game.

“But at the same time as we are looking for the right balance we are trying to get the players fit. Most of them still aren’t.

“At the end of the game I wasn’t happy but we are getting there.”