Celta Vigo goalkeeper Javi Varas said it was the players and not the referee who were to blame for the 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano.
Gustavo Cabral was dismissed with the Galicians 2-0 up in the Spanish capital, but Varas reckoned it was not fault of the man in the middle for his side’s eventual capitulation.
“Cabral’s dismissal affected us and we had to make some changes but we can’t just blame the defeat on that,” Varas told assembled media.
“We made some really bad mistakes and that’s something that needs to be corrected. It’s true we played for a long time with only 10 men but we must look at ourselves because it’s our own fault and not the referee’s.
“I don’t like to use the officials as an excuse because it’s down to us.”
Varas also believes that despite the majority of Celta players being new to the top flight, it is no justification for throwing away a two-goal lead.
“Lack of experience is no excuse. We now have to knuckle down because we won’t get these points back. We have to realise every game is important and fight for every ball at every moment.
“This team has the potential to score goals but we need to be stronger defensively, which so far we have not been.
“Obviously it’s easier if we can win by playing good football, but we’ve received a lot of compliments without getting the points.
“If we need to be more practical in order to get the points then that’s what we need to do to achieve what we want,” he added.
Think you know your Spanish football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!