Spot of quality all that’s missing for Riga

Nile Ranger hits the post with a penalty
Nile Ranger hits the post with a penalty
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Jose Riga feels Blackpool deserved at least a point as they slipped to their sixth loss in seven Championship games at home to Watford last night.

It was a tale of two penalties as Matej Vydra’s second half spot-kick was the difference between the sides on an evening Nile Ranger missed his for Pool.

And after all the positives of Saturday’s first point of the season against Wolves, Riga was disappointed his side didn’t build on it.

“I think we had the same opportunities as Watford,” he said. “We probably just weren’t as efficient. I thought we deserved a point.

“A lot of my players gave everything and always looked a threat until the last minute.

“In terms of opportunities, I think we had enough chances to get at least a point.

“There was a lot of frustration for me after the game. A point would have been a fair result, I think.

“I don’t think we looked like a side who are bottom of the table.”

They will go bottom tonight if Fulham avoid defeat at Nottingham Forest, but Blackpool gave as good as they got against a Watford side who are just a point behind new leaders Norwich.

And Riga feels a bit of quality in front of goal is proving the difference between victory and defeat for his side.

The Pool boss added: “Joe Lewis did brilliantly (to keep Pool in the match), then afterwards we didn’t take our opportunities.

“There are positives to take, of course. I have no complaints about my team’s performance.

“We have given our maximum in every game, but we have to if we want results.

“I couldn’t fault them until the very last second but it’s all about efficiency and taking chances.”

Riga is convinced his side deserve more points and he was quick to stress that Pool have been competitive in all seven league games.

“We created plenty of chances against Watford and it’s not the first time,” he said.

“When we have analysed our games, we have always created just as many chances as the opposition.

“But it comes down to a little bit of quality to win in this tough competition.”