Boss pride at Pool display

Blackpool's Tomasz Cywka scores for Blackpool
Blackpool's Tomasz Cywka scores for Blackpool
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Blackpool manager Jose Riga was encouraged by his side’s performance against Blackburn, despite crashing to their third defeat in eight days.

Goals either side of half-time by Rudy Gestede proved decisive, although Pool fought back as Tomasz Cywka scored his first goal for the club on his home debut.

Back-to-back Championship defeats have left Pool second-bottom, with only managerless Huddersfield below them.

And while Riga isn’t happy, he’s seen enough to believe there could be a bright future at Bloomfield Road.

The Pool boss said: “A manager can never be happy with a defeat, but the way the players are desperate to get a point pleases me.

“After we conceded the second goal, the way we played made me proud. We were looking to play football and we performed well. We just didn’t take our chances and they were more efficient than us in the final third.”

The Belgian was given a rousing reception by supporters as he emerged for his first home game in charge and his players received a standing ovation at the end.

Riga added: “I think the fans will be encouraged and I hope they react in a good way. They are behind us as they know how hard we are all working. The fans saw the signal that I want to send to them.

“We are here to try to put the club as high as we can and do well in the Championship.

“We want to help the fans to have pleasure and enjoy coming to Bloomfield Road. If we want to do well we have to perform at home. I enjoyed the welcome and the way the fans pushed us. We really want that sort of support. The fans know what we are trying to do in difficult situations.”

Riga gave a debut to new frontman Francois Zoko in the second, but the manager felt it was the quality of Rovers striker Gestede which separated the sides.

“Gestede was the difference between the two sides for me,” he said, “but with a bit better communication and understanding we could avoid those goals.”

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer felt his side gave a performance to be proud of to record their first win of the season. Rovers drew with Cardiff, then lost to Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup.

Bowyer said: “It’s very important to get that first win of the season. We weren’t fooled by all the talk about the size of Blackpool’s squad or anything like that.

“We did well in the first half and played some nice football. And in the second we showed our resilience as Blackpool came back into the game, so we really showed all the sides to our game.

“Rudy Gestede took his goals really well. We played off him in the first half. We couldn’t do that quite as much in the second half but he got a second goal thanks to Craig Conway’s superb cross.

“Blackpool got their goal and the crowd really got behind them, but I thought we showed great character.”