Riga: Sheer spirit is keeping us going

Jose Riga
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Jose Riga says it’s the sheer commitment of his players that is getting Blackpool through games.

Though still without a win, Pool have drawn two of their last three Championship games and the manager puts their improvement down to character.

Riga said: “I told my players from day one that we have to be the best team in terms of team spirit, commitment and collaboration.

“At the end of every game we need to have no regrets.

“Football isn’t always about the team which has most of the ball or the best opportunities.

“Sometimes teams get points when they maybe weren’t the best side and that happened at Brighton. The spirit and the way we wanted to get a point were great.

“We had the possibility to get a point in the previous game against Watford, when we conceded a penalty and were given one, and it’s good to see that the players and staff are mentally strong.”

Blackpool haven’t looked dangerous in attack, particularly during Saturday’s backs-to-the-wall draw at on the south coast, but Riga insists they must battle through this tough period and always give themselves a chance to stay in games.

He added: “I know what we have to do to get even a draw. We have to battle in the first part of games, keep existing and then fight to get something.

“The way we’ve done this in recent weeks makes me happy and proud. We will always get chances in a game, and it’s always a case of existing and waiting for that chance.”