Deportivo La Coruna boss Clarence Seedorf has backed Lucas Perez after he missed a vital penalty on Friday evening in the 0-0 draw with Espanyol.
Espanyol have won just one away game all season and looked unlikely to add to that at La Riazor, with Leo Baptistao having his side’s best chance but firing wide in the first half.
Seedorf’s men did manage to avoid defeat for the first time since his appointment, but are still yet to put the ball in the back of the net under his management after 270 minutes of action.
Fede hit the woodwork on the half hour mark with a neat finish which was inches away from beating Diego Lopez, but the golden opportunity fell to Lucas Perez.
The Arsenal loanee’s weak penalty was denied by Lopez, who was superb in goal for Los Pericos, and the home side were left cursing their luck yet again.
They didn’t give up hope though, and would go on to hit the woodwork again, this time with Florin Andone’s rifled effort hitting the crossbar.
A dull Espanyol team managed to hang on for a draw, taking them above Alaves before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures and 10 points clear of the bottom three.
“The first half was even, but in the second half we deserved more and it’s the way to go,” Seedorf said after the game.
“We’re going to get a lot of morale from this game. The fans were magnificent and we must keep believing. Physically we’re growing.
“Lucas? He had a great game and the only negative thing was his penalty miss. When the match finished, I gave him a kiss. We created plenty of chances, not just the penalty.”
The point also sees Depor climb up the table, leapfrogging Las Palmas into 18th with the Canary Island outfit facing Leganes on Saturday afternoon in Madrid.