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Leganes must keep looking towards survival says boss Garitano

Leganes must keep looking towards survival says boss Garitano

With an impressive display in their 2-0 home win over bottom-place Malaga, technician Asier Garitano is pleased with his side performances but urges his side not to let the prospect of La Liga survival slip.

It took until the second-half for the game to open up as the hosts looked to control the game, they took the lead ten minutes after the interval through Javier Eraso, who headed home from Diego Rico’s cross.

Watford loanee Nordin Amrabat soon doubled their lead seven minutes later to put the game beyond any doubt.

Leganes are 13th in the table, a comfortable 13 points away from the relegation zone. However, their next five games sees Garitano’s men face opposition placed either around or above them including tough fixtures against Sevilla, Valencia, and leaders Barcelona.

With this in mind and having been dismantled midweek by Atletico Madrid 4-0, Garitano believes his main objective must be to achieve permanence.

“It was fundamental this week to add goals at home and to get four points in seven days, it is important baggage, we have to keep looking towards salvation and that must be the idea.”

Garitano was dismissed part way through the game by referee Iglesias Villanueva for dissent following a foul on Eraso and speaking on the matter he said it is an area he needs to improve.
“It was because of Eraso’s play that I thought it was very clear,” Garitano explained.
“I told the fourth referee that they should stop to help him too, I gestured and he sent me away, these are things that I have to correct so that it does not happen.”
The coach believes they have overcome the doldrums of playing so many games and feels their league position means nothing at this stage.
“I think the 33 points do not guarantee us permanence, we are doing better in the last few games, but the good thing is that we have already passed the polls that said we were not going to reach 30,” he added.
The Bergara also congratulated Amrabat on his goal, the Moroccan has only scored one other goal for Leganes which was the winner in the 1-0  Copa Del Rey win over Villarreal last January.
“We are very happy with Nordin, he has scored more goals than in the last three seasons, which will give him confidence,” he enthused.
He also affirmed that Unai Bustinza has a fractured nose, so a decision will need to be made as to whether he can feature in next week’s La Liga fixture at Athletic Club.