Valencia boss Marcelino has said his side did not deserve to lose to Eibar on Saturday.
Having lost to Getafe two weeks ago for the first time this season, Valencia have seemed a little rocky.
Chances to push closer towards league leaders Barcelona have done and gone and their defeat to Eibar now leaves them sitting six points behind the Catalan giants.
Marcelino, who has been behind Los Che’s success this season commented on his side’s defeat and said that his side didn’t deserve to leave the Ipurua empty handed.
“It was a difficult game for us and Eibar were more clinical than us, ” he told reporters.
“These are tough games for us, but we played well in the first half, and even in the second we didn’t have a lot of problems in defence. The problem is that our opponents aren’t getting into the box often, but they’re hitting the target, and for us it’s the opposite.
“It happened in Getafe, a few mistakes that, in the end, cost us dearly. Today with Eibar’s first goal there were some poor clearances. I don’t think we’re playing badly. Our last three away games have been difficult, with opponents who play with a lot of intensity. But today I don’t think Eibar were better than Valencia CF, and we didn’t deserve to lose the game.”
So what happened?
The first half with Valencia edging the game on chances going into halftime. However, only one of Los Che chances was clear cut, The ball falling on the head of a Valencia attacker from a corner only for him to head wide with the goal at his mercy.
Valencia were made to pay for their misses in the second half when Inui strike put Eibar ahead.
Valencia seemed to have taken control of the ball in their own six yard box, but a botched clearance fell to Inui who struck home past the the unsuspecting Neto.
The visitors then went and got an equaliser just seven minutes after Eibar had openened the scoring.
The right flank opened up for Valencia and a slight deflection was enough to take low cross past the covering defender and into the path of Santa Mina to tap home.
The second half passed with few definite chances for either side to win the game. Then in the 87 minute, Jordan rose highest and headed in the winner.
It was Eibar’s 4th win in five games and sees them climb to seventh.