Getafe boss Jose Bordalas has bemoaned his side’s lack of calmness on the ball in the 1-0 defeat to Espanyol on Monday evening.
The small Madrid based side have been in relatively good form this season but the defeat leaves them 12th and forcing Bordalas to go back to the drawing board, in preparation for their mid-week Copa del Rey game with Alaves and the weekend tie with Valencia.
“It was not a game of great chances, we neutralised the game well, but played with a lot of haste. The match would have changed, in the second half if we had not lacked clarity, ” he told reporters following the game.
“It was not a great game, both teams lacked anything going forward and therefore did not create.
“We have lacked calmness on the ball, perhaps abusing the direct game, although I think the game was fairly even.”
Heading into the game, home boss Quique Sanchez Flores knew his side had to gain all three points after failing to get a win in their last three games.
And, they started brightly, almost opening the scoring through much-wanted left-back Aaron Martin, who was allowed to run forward before unleashing an effort at Vicente Guaita, but the former Valencia man tipped his effort over the crossbar.
Five minutes later and Mario Hermoso tried his luck, heading from Pablo Piatti’s free-kick but the defender saw his effort hit the crossbar.
Getafe would then have a chance of their own as Angel won the ball on the half-way line, drove forward and played in veteran striker Jorge Molina, but the former Real Betis man failed to continue his run of form, being blocked by home keeper Pau Lopez.
Molina would have another effort shortly after but David Lopez was on hand to block the striker and keep the score on level terms.
The visitors were made to pay for their missed chances as Moreno scored the only goal of the game with ten minutes remaining.
The in-form striker got the faintest of touches on Piatti’s cross to beat Guaita from close range and ensure all three points stayed in the Catalan capital.