Riga: This is the reality, we need more players

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Jose Riga says Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Huddersfield was a reality check which shows how bad the situation is at Bloomfield Road.

A disastrous opening 16 minutes left the Seasiders 3-0 down, and although goals byTony McMahon and Donervon Daniels at the end of the first half gave Pool hope, Jacob Butterfield sealed victory for the Terriers just past the hour.

After a positive international break which followed Pool’s first win of the season, Riga’s side are back at the bottom of the Championship and the manager said: “During the week I said we had to be careful about making conclusions about the team after one win. Well now we face the reality.

“Everything wasn’t OK because we got one win.

“I know more than anyone out there what my squad is. We saw the reality that we still need more players.

“That wasn’t the only reason for this defeat but it’s the main reason.”

Riga handed a first start to Frenchman Joel Dielna but was forced to replace the inexperienced left-back after 17 minutes. He struggled against winger Sean Scannell, with all three goals coming down his side.

The manager added: “I’m the manager and I take the blame. Joel did well against Cardiff but this was a different situation.

“He hasn’t played a lot and has no experience in the Championship, and it showed.

“I saw enough against Cardiff to make me think he would be good enough to master this game but that wasn’t the case.

“He had a bad day and was up against a player at the top of his game.

“I wanted to change it at 2-0, but we then conceded a quick third goal and I had to react.

“If I had done nothing I wouldn’t have been helping the team. It can happen that people have bad days.”

Pool crossed the Pennines after taking four points from decent displays against Middlesbrough and Cardiff, but Riga feels his side abandoned the principles which earned those results.

“Most of the results we’ve had were based on organisation and collectiveness,” he said.

“But after we conceded two quick goals we started to lose control a bit.

“We started to move out of the organisation and react, but not in a good way.

“When you have to chase a game it’s so easy for it to go wrong.”