Riga wants squad to share the load

Blackpool's David Perkins battles with Derby County's Will Hughes
Blackpool's David Perkins battles with Derby County's Will Hughes
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Jose Riga wants his Blackpool squad to start sharing the leadership responsibility.

The Seasiders head to Reading on Saturday bottom of the Championship and having lost nine games already this season.

Riga has been full of praise for his more experienced players but has called on the rest to step up. “We can’t rely on Joe Lewis, Tony McMahon, David Perkins and Peter Clarke,” he said. “We need some more leaders.

“The players have shown a real will since I arrived and have played well in spells in every game. But scoring goals is about experience, about quality and about decisive players and we need more.”

Saturday’s hammering at Huddersfield was followed by a much more positive performance against Derby on Tuesday, though again Pool couldn’t turn a good display into points.

Riga said: “It’s not necessarily a big surprise that we were able to compete with Derby. It’s not the first time we’ve done that. Most of the time we are in games and create opportunities.

“What was good was the reaction after Huddersfield but it wasn’t enough. In key moments of the game you have to be effective. When you are playing well in games you have to score your goals.

“That’s why we are in the position we are. We haven’t turned our positive play into goals, which is a pity. Sometimes in games you aren’t playing well but you get goals.

“But when you start a game well, with good organisation, you simply have to be effective. It’s been the same story most weeks.”

Riga has consistently begged for new signings, even accusing chairman Karl Oyston of not wanting to help him in yesterday’s Gazette.

He claims Tuesday’s defeat was a perfect example of why reinforcements are needed.

“If we want to do something here we need a different profile of player,” he insisted.

“We aren’t able to change the game at all but Derby were able to. We need more options to change games when they are tight.”