Philippe Montanier was delighted for Real Sociedad’s pressure-relieving 4-0 win, but Paco Jemez didn’t exactly lay into Rayo Vallecano.
The win moved the Basques up to ninth place in the table after flirting with the relegation places in recent weeks, a point that was not lost on Frenchman Montanier, and it was the finishing he believed tipped the balance.
“We played very well and I think that was a continuation of our previous home games, but this time we were more efficient in taking our chances, hence the result. Rayo had just won two successive games and I have a great respect for them, but we won well,” he told Diario Vasco.
La Real won away at Malaga last week and the situation has changed in just two games after a section of fans had previously called for Montanier’s head.
“There was a small number that screamed ‘Montanier out’ but they were shouted down by the others, but what I care about is the quality of the team and that people go away happy.
“I am not important and all I’m looking for is what is best for the team. Before the Malaga game people said we were too close to the bottom and now, after six straight points, we must keep a cool head and show the same attitude so we can continue adding more points.”
Meanwhile, Jemez looked to ensure that no pressure was put on his Rayo players for their performance.
despite his disappointment Jemez commended his team’s attitude as a brace from Carlos Vela and one each from Mikel Gonzalez and Chori Castro sent La Real up to ninth in the table.
“They didn’t create us problems in the first half and if there is one good thing about this team it is its attitude and mentality, because it always goes out to compete,” Jemez told the post-match Press conference.
“To concede two goals did not mean the attitude in the first half was wrong, as it was right from the first minute to the 94th. We’ve no need to look for things where they don’t exist.
“The goals conceded were because of errors, not because of lack of attitude, which was impeccable. Nobody can ever question my players’ attitude and how they approach games. That is the way it will be while I’m Coach of this team.
“Whoever puts on a Rayo Vallecano shirt will have to sweat for it and defend it with the intensity I consider to be right. In that sense I’ve nothing to reproach myself for.”