Riga points finger at Oyston over transfer failings

Jose Riga last night
Jose Riga last night
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Jose Riga has pointed the finger of blame at Karl Oyston for Blackpool’s failure in the transfer market.

The Seasiders crashed to their ninth defeat of the season at home to Derby last night, when Chris Martin’s 81st-minute penalty was enough to take the Rams to the top of the Championship and cement Pool’s place at the bottom.

Despite being in the game for long periods, Pool’s lack of quality showed as they missed a host of big chances.

And as boss Riga again stressed the need for more players, he sensationally questioned the desire of the chairman to help him.

“It’s about the will to bring players to the club,” he said.

“I want to bring players to the club, believe me. The problem is I’m not sure everyone else wants the same.

“I have made propositions to bring players to the club but I am still waiting.

“The longer we have waited to sign players the more difficult it becomes.

“The players aren’t on the market who were there two months ago.”

Oyston has claimed he is ready to back Riga after their much-publicised rows this season, though little progress has been made.

Riga added: “I don’t want to keep talking about the relationship between me and the chairman.

“We have a team and a manager who are looking to give their best, and I think we do that.

“But I just want to have the means to do my job, that’s it.”

Riga acknowledged that his players’ hard work may not be enough. He added: “It’s not about organisation, it’s about having what we need. I think we had enough chances to be ahead in the game.

“Derby had chances of their own but I think we had the better chances.

“It would have been a totally different story had we managed to get ourselves ahead in the game as we did against Cardiff.

“The second half was more difficult as they were able to bring players on to change the game and had quality to turn the game.”

Riga had no complaints about the penalty decision after Tony McMahon dived in on Johnny Russell in the box, though the Pool boss said he didn’t see it.

But he added: “What I do know is if we scored first it wouldn’t have mattered.

“If we score first the other team have to come at us, and that opens up space and maybe allows us to get a second.”