Riza believed there was an improvement in the second period, but it wasn’t enough to make an impact on the scoresheet.
“We definitely improved second half and that is something we need to take going forwards,” he said.
“In the second half we changed the system and we managed to get Ryan Andrews back on the pitch and play a back four which we haven’t been able to do due to lack of personnel. [Jack] Burchell sat in the single-pivot for the first part of the second half with Manning and [Maurizio] Pochettino just inside. It gave us a little more and we got on the ball a bit more with a couple of opportunities.
“We brought Jack Grieves on, we brought Kyreece Lisbie on – they were willing to work hard because they want to impress, and that was what I wanted to see from some of the older players.