Pool players’ blues music to Riga’s ears

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Jose Riga admits there’s a unhappy atmosphere around Bloomfield Road – but he’s delighted by it.

The Seasiders boss sat his squad down for a meeting on Thursday after losing their second game of the week against Derby on Tuesday.

It prompted some raised voices as the senior players showed their unhappiness at the current situation at Bloomfield Road.

And Riga said it was music to his ears.

“What made me happy is that nobody was happy after the game,” he explained.

“Again yesterday we had a good discussion about the situation and it was good.

“No-one can be happy when we are bottom of the league table like we are.

“It’s in the mindset now that only results and getting points is important now.

“We had a good chat and the players are now ready to move on.

“In the dressing room there were plenty of voices talking about what went wrong on Tuesday and it makes me happy.

“If I saw my players or staff walking around smiling after losing I wouldn’t be happy at all.

“It’s part of our nature as competitors to want to win.

“We all want more and aren’t happy with the situation.”

While last weekend’s defeat at Huddersfield was Pool’s worst display of the season, they reacted well against Derby and should have taken something from the game.

And it’s that display which gives the boss hope.

He said: “I was very disappointed by the Huddersfield result and performance but in the last game we played the best team in the Championship and did well.

“What we did during 80 minutes of that game was great.

“We have regrets that we weren’t able to take the lead, that would have done a lot for us mentally.

“We have to take the positives from how we played against Derby and build-on the things we did well.”

Despite hoping the pair would return earlier this week Pool will once again be without Jose Miguel Cubero and Joan Oriol.

The latter’s absence comes as a bigger blow fellow defender Tony McMahon also missing today after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season on Tuesday night.

Riga said: “In terms of injuries there’s no change.

“Jose Cubero is still unavailable as is Joan Oriol, so there’s no good news.

“But I suppose there’s no bad news from Tuesday’s game so that’s a positive. We also will be without Tony McMahon who is suspended so that adds to our problems.”