Riga knows lack of goals could prove costly for Addicks

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Jose Riga believes the only thing standing between Charlton and Championship survival is the ability to score goals.

The Addicks drew 0-0 at neighbours and relegation rivals Millwall on Saturday to move off the foot of the table.

And Riga, whose two games in charge have both ended goalless, thinks his side will soon close the three-point gap on the Lions if they can start hitting the net.

He said: “I am the first to believe that we will stay in this league.

“The team, the players and the fans all want to do it and we will find a way.

“When I see the situation at Charlton, what I see first is that normally a team in our position concedes a lot of goals.

“Here it is not the case because we are above average defensively.

“For us though it is our productivity offensively, so what we will try to do is solve this problem collectively.

“It is easier to win a game when you don’t concede often because then just one goal could be good be enough.

“I hope that the confidence of not losing games will make the players feel more comfortable when we receive some chances.”

Riga added: “In some moments on Saturday we created some opportunities but the finishing was not there.

“I have seen my team all game in a good defensive collaboration.

“Millwall didn’t create many chances and it was important to take a point.

“In the league rankings we have the same number of points as two other sides and we are not bottom any more.

“Psychologically that is important.”

Charlton drew 0-0 with Huddersfield on Wednesday evening, having also played at Sheffield United last Sunday, and Riga felt the recent exertions had caught up with his new side.

He said: “I thought that physically we were still feeling the effects of the game that we had at home on Wednesday.

“We had some difficulty with the Millwall game.

“In the first half we didn’t have a lot of chances but we had a lot of corners, for example.

“We have to manage all of the squad and we will do.

“As a coach I am always running recovery sessions and preparation ones, which we want to do more of to have a greater impact on the team.

“That is hard when you are in our situation.”

Riga added: “We will adapt and we will get results.

“It was not easy all of the time but we tried to create some opportunities.

“The result was logical, though of course I would prefer to win.

“I am not disappointed with the result and I am happy with the way that players showed that they would take something from Millwall.”

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