Riga: I understand fan protests

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Jose Riga says he totally understands fan frustration after the club’s nightmare start to the season.

Blackpool face Cardiff City live on Sky this evening looking for their first win at the eleventh attempt.

A number of protests are expected against the club’s owners as supporters lose patience with the current situation.

And boss Riga admits it’s something he sympathises with.

“The fans are frustrated for good reason,” he said.

“Of course we’d like their support for the full game but at the same time I can understand them.

“I understand their frustrations but I’m just manager of the squad, not the manager of the fans.

“I know if something happens it’s not aimed at the players, myself or the staff.

“Being here now for three months I know the situation can create frustration.

“I’ve heard some talk about a protest but I’m only interested in preparing my team.

“If I was worrying about everything which was said and happens around this club then I’d never sleep.

“I don’t care about what people say about this club, I’m just doing my job.”

Blackpool go into tonight’s game boosted by their best showing of the season at Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Despite only earning a 1-1 draw the Seasiders did enough to win the game, something which delighted Riga.

He said: “Tuesday night was very important, especially after a very difficult game at home on the Saturday.

“To play the way we did was very pleasing, the only sadness is we couldn’t have got a win.

“A draw does very little for us in the league table so we are looking for that first win.

“The players showed on Tuesday they all want to do their best and are all together.

“Despite everything we’ve had the players never ever complain.

“The reaction on Tuesday was excellent and I hope we can take it into tonight’s game.”