Real Valladolid and Villarreal were made to settle for a share of the points on Friday night in LaLiga after playing out a goalless draw at the José Zorrilla Stadium.
Despite surrendering their lead in the final 10 minutes to settle for a 2-2 draw against Espanyol last weekend, Villarreal manager Javier Calleja named the same line-up for Friday night as they pursued a badly needed win.
The Yellow Submarine struggled during the opening phase of the game against a Valladolid team desperate to restore some pride following their shock 4-0 thrashing at bottom-placed side SD Huesca last time out.
Despite La Pucela’s bright start, however, hopes of grabbing an early lead were denied when Villarreal’s Bonera did a goalline clearance after Nacho’s volley had beaten keeper Asenjo in the 8th-minute.
As the first-half went on, Villarreal began to find their feet and soon set about testing the hosts’ defence through Toko Ekambi and Iborra.
The two teams had their fair share of chances through the opening period to take the lead, but were ultimately forced to head into the break goalless after failing to convert any of them.
Seven minutes into the second-half and Villarreal had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee after Nacho had seemingly handballed in the area from Miguelón’s shot.
Despite this setback though, Calleja’s side retained the momentum from their strong start in the second-half and continued to pile on the pressure for a nervous Valladolid in search of a goal.
Although Villarreal’s efforts soon began to tail off towards the end of the match with Valladolid beginning to fight their way back into the game in search of a late winner.
But Asenjo then pulled off a solid save to deny substitute Daniele Verde in the dying minutes of the game with Sergi Guardiola later being denied a penalty by VAR after falling in the area.
Ultimately Sergio’s men were made to settle for a draw that, at the very least, provides them a valuable point that moves them three points above the drop in LaLiga in 14th-place.
However, Villarreal remain down in 19th-place after extending their winless run to 10 league games and the pressure will surely be growing on them now ahead of next Sunday’s home game against Sevilla.
Real Valladolid: Masip; Nacho, Joaquín, Kiko Olivas, Javi Moyano; Hervías, Rubén Alcaraz, Míchel, Keko; Sergi Guardiola, Óscar Plano.
Villarreal: Asenjo; Álvaro, Funes Mori, Bonera; Miguelón, Iborra, Cazorla, Fornals, Pedraza; Toko Ekambi, Gerard Moreno.