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Seedorf confident of Deportivo improvement

Deportivo La Coruna boss Clarence Seedorf has said he remains confident he can overturn their recent form and get back to winning ways.

Depor managed to pick up a point at home to Eibar, despite playing over 50 minutes with a man less than the visitors.

The home side started brightly and had two great chances to open the scoring in the early minutes.

Firstly, Lucas Perez rolled the ball across goal to Florin Andone who looked certain to score from seven yards but he was thwarted by the outstretched Marko Dmitrovic in the Eibar goal. Andone then returned the favour with his pass finding Perez, but the Spaniard’s shot was turned round the post by Dmitrovic.

Eibar made them pay for these mistakes by taking the lead in the 11th minute. Fabian Orellana was set free down the right and his expertly placed cross ball made it all the way to Takashi Inui on the far side who was able to roll the ball into the empty net after it had evaded Maksym Koval.

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Perez and Andone would link up again as Depor levelled the game up. Perez’s cross from the right was met by the head of Andone but despite his attempt coming back off the post, the ball bounced off Dmitrovic and into the net as the home side got a much needed piece of luck.

The action packed first half continued with Koval seeing red for Clarence Seedorf’s men. Raul Albentosa left the ball for his keeper but as he raced out he took a heavy touch and chased after the ball before clattering through Joan Jordan with his studs high on the Eibar midfielder with the keeper sent for an early bath.

The second half was far quieter than the first with neither side able to force a winner. The draw sees Depor move a point closer to Las Palmas and Levante with those two still to play this weekend, Eibar were unable to climb back to seventh and now sit behind Girona following their 2-0 win at Villarreal.

“We had a very good half-hour, when we could’ve gone 2-0 up, but the red card penalised us,” he said after the match. “In the second half, we overcame the numerical inferiority and earned a point, but we paid heavily a lot for the mistakes we made.

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“I believe we competed with lots of sincerity, we earned a point and in the second half, we were very good defensively. The fans were passionate. I believe they applauded us and the players deserved it for the effort they put in.

“The objective is getting closer every day for me, even if the fans think otherwise. Koval? We have to be stronger than any mistake or refereeing decision. The first half is a base to build on.

“I played Koval because I wanted more character and he has more of it than Ruben [Martinez]. We have more faith and strength after this match, without a doubt.”

Depor now prepare to face Girona at the weekend with the Catalan side in superb form of late.

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