Brighton 0 Blackpool 0 - manager reaction

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypi` (left) and Blackpool manager Jose Riga
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypi` (left) and Blackpool manager Jose Riga
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Jose Riga was delighted with his side’s effort after the Seasiders battled to earn a point at Brighton.

Pool were up against it for most of the game before playing the last 15 minutes with just ten men after injury to Jeffrey Rentmeister.

And the Pool boss was delighted to leave the AMEX Arena with a draw.

“In the circumstances of the game and of course the fact that we finished with ten players after I’d just made my last change, it was a good result,” he said. “It was quite difficult because we had a striker playing at right-back and another in the midfield.

“I am pleased with the performance and certainly with the commitment of the players.

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

Rentmeister left The Amex on crutches after sustaining an ankle injury in a challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith, and Riga said they are as yet unsure about the extent of the injury.

He said: “It is his first injury so he is very unlucky.

It is his ankle so he will need some exams to know exactly the problem.”

Brighton boss Sami Hyypia could not hide his disappointment after the game.

“I’m an ambitious guy and I’m not happy we didn’t win this game,” said Hyypia. “But there are no easy games.

“I have ambition and I want to fulfill that ambition. I take the responsibility now and I’m not happy with the way we played or the result.

“Every game is so important and every point counts to the tally. There are no easy games in this division and of course I’m disappointed.”

He added: “We were more organised in the second half and more lively in defence, but didn’t create many chances to score.

“In the final third we are not generally getting into positions for the strikers to score. We need to think about how the front three’s movement could be better.”