Riga: I’m pleased but expected more players

Blackpool's assistant manager Bart De Roover, left, and manager Jos� Riga

Blackpool's assistant manager Bart De Roover, left, and manager Jos� Riga

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Jose Riga was pleased with his team, despite opening day defeat against Nottingham Forest.

Goals from Michail Antonio and Chris Burke helped a new-look Reds side overcome a patched-together Blackpool team, who were only able to name four substitutes, after being robbed of the services of seven players by injury and paperwork issues.

Boss Riga, who only discovered that some of his players would not be able to play on the morning of the game, admitted that the situation is not ideal - but felt his side had played well in the circumstances.

“Commitment, behaviour, team spirit, some of the players have only known each other for a few days. Even at the end physically and mentally is quite difficult. They did well,” he said.

“I cannot feel happy because we got no points.

“My ambition is to build a competitive team.

“Of course we want a better future with more players, better players.

“My only focus is Blackpool, to get some players, to be consistent, efficient, to give to fans what they deserve.

“I cannot do a good job if I have something else in my mind.”

Pool were left with just two senior players on the bench, despite 21 players travelling to Nottingham on Friday afternoon.

A number of issues with registration left Pool short, and Riga unhappy.

He said: “The news this morning was that we have only nine players.

“I was expecting to have more players than today.

“I try to do my job as manager and not solve administrative issues.

“For sure I cannot stay in this kind of situation a long time.”

FOR THE FULL STORY ON BLACKPOOL’S REGISTRATION PROBLEMS, NEWS OF TWO SIGNINGS AND FULL REACTION TO SATURDAY’S GAME SEE MONDAY’S GAZETTE