Riga’s in the dark as Pool chase two

Nile Ranger scores on Saturday against Millwall
Nile Ranger scores on Saturday against Millwall
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Blackpool have until 11pm tonight to finally make Jose Riga a happy man.

The manager watched his side crash to a fifth straight Championship defeat at Millwall on Saturday.

Riga stated in that day’s Gazette that his squad probably isn’t good enough to beat relegation, meaning the club must do business before the transfer window closes tonight.

The Belgian has called for backing in the transfer market since arriving in June and insists he still doesn’t know whether it will be forthcoming.

When asked about the chances of adding to his squad, Riga said: “I really don’t know. I’m sorry but I don’t know. I’m just waiting but I’ve been waiting for a long time now. I try every time to get results, even without what we need.”

Chairman Karl Oyston called a meeting of all the club’s football staff on Thursday in an attempt to clear the air.

Riga says he again told Oyston want he needs and is hoping for results. He explained: “I had a meeting and now I’m waiting for the results of it.

“We spoke about what we need but it’s not the first time. Speaking about what I need and getting what I need is a different thing.”

The Seasiders have a number of deals in motion this morning but have a matter of hours to get the paperwork completed.

The Gazette understand two cash bids are in for players at the moment, with the Seasiders waiting on answers.

After tonight, only loan deals will be allowed until the next transfer window opens on New Year’s Day.

Riga said: “There have been many long days for me at this club already and Monday isn’t going to be any different.

“We have spoken for many weeks about this but I can’t tell you what will happen. Everything was clear, a little less now.”

Despite Nile Ranger’s first goal for the club on Saturday, Riga lost his first battle with former Pool boss Ian Holloway 2-1 at The Den.

It was another frustrating afternoon, with the Seasiders well in the game and deserving something from it.

Riga feels Pool need to start taking chances. He said: “I thought we had more chances than Millwall and should have won the game.

“But in the end you have to score. When you get chances you have to take them and at the moment we aren’t.

“I don’t know why. I think sometimes it’s just a question of quality.”

A huge moment of the game came on the stroke of half-time, when Ishmael Miller appeared to be hauled down only for the referee to wave the penalty claims away.

Riga said: “I’ve seen it back and I’m sure it was a penalty.

“If we had scored before half-time, we’d have seen another team.

“Sadly we conceded just after that but we got one back and should have scored more.”