Riga’s tough task after yet another defeat

Blackpool's Ishmael Miller and Wigan Athletic's Ivan Ramis
Blackpool's Ishmael Miller and Wigan Athletic's Ivan Ramis

Jose Riga admitted he was facing the biggest challenge of his managerial career after watching his Blackpool side go down to their fifth defeat in a row at Wigan.

Oriol Riera’s first-half goal was the difference between the two sides but, in reality, the 1-0 scoreline hugely flattered the troubled Seasiders.

When asked if he was experiencing his biggest challenge in management, Riga replied: “In terms of the situation, yes.

“We had no friendly games, no preparation, no team, so sure.

“I try and do my job - even in this situation - and I am doing my job, as are the players.

“I don’t want to complain, but it is just the reality.

“And I want to get points in every game against every opposition, and I was very frustrated at the end of the game.”

Despite having been outplayed in the first half, Blackpool remained in the game due to Wigan’s profligacy in front of goal and inability to put the game to bed.

And they nearly stole an unlikely point in the final quarter when substitutes Ishmael Miller and Nile Ranger combined, only for the latter to steer the ball over.

“We had the best opportunity with Nile, off the pass of Ishmael,” Riga recognised.

“And I can’t complain about the willingness and the reaction in that second half. But the story is always the same.

“Of course we had less opportunities than Wigan, but we tried to be present in the game until the end.

“I would have preferred to have got a result and we were close on the scoreboard for the whole game.

“But there is only one thing that matters and we have no points at the end.”