For Real Betis it was a frustrating first half that made the difference, for Granada it was three precious points.
Week 11’s opening fixture yielded the surprise home defeat for Betis and Coach Pepe Mel reflected afterwards that his team failed to get going until it was too late.
“The first half was very hard, very frustrating, very vague. Granada’s goal has hurt us and I do not know why, since most of the game was still to play.
“We have been poor and our midfield were not at their best to take the game. The first half was a little heavy and the second was very different, with chances from Paulao and Perquis…”
Meanwhile, for Juan Antonio Anquela, who had faced speculation about his position in the previous few weeks, the win was important.
“The team had been working and we have broken a run of many negative results that had gotten us down, so I believe that these are three points are precious,” explained the Coach at full-time.
“The win does not give me more breathing space, because if I lose then I don’t die. For certain though, the victory is very important as it brings three points to a team that has never stopped believing in itself.
“In the game we took many risks and in the end it went well, because the opponent could have drawn level in the final few moments.
“In addition, it is worth remembering that Betis are fourth and have come into this game on a good run… in the end we suffered a lot.
“We are not a team for frills. Some things had become more acceptable whilst also at times we had had the chances to kill a game before its end.”