PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 14 - 2 Dec 2012 (16.00 UK)
2 - 3 Real Betis
Castro 39, 55 (RB), Riki 56, 61 (D), Campbell 76 (RB)
Estadio Municipal de Riazor

Pepe Mel enthused that fans should be proud of Real Betis, whilst Jose Luis Oltra said fans should be patient with Deportivo.

Betis ran out 3-2 winners on Sunday at the Riazor to move up into the Champions League places, and cement Depor’s position in the bottom three.

“The group of players at this time are waging a spectacular campaign for Betis, with some usual issues along the way too,” enthused Mel after his side’s second successive League win after the Seville derby defeat.

“The Betis fans must be proud of them. 25 points from 14 games is something I dreamed about in the summer.

“The team fights together and are quick on the counter-attacks. Both teams [on Sunday] were bold when taking decisions, both went out to win the game, and we have been lucky.”

However, Mel once more refused to get carried away and look too far into the distance.

“Right now the only thing on my mind is Barcelona. When we look forward five or six games, this team go wrong.

“This is a young group and we must focus on the immediate future, which is what we are concerned most with. The important thing is that Betis is far from the relegation zone.”

Opposition Coach Oltra spent his post-match conference asking for support from the fans and arguing with reporters over his choices in the game.

 “I appeal to the unity and strength of the group, and the fans who have been splendid. Together, I am sure and confident that we will move forward,” reassured the Coach after Sunday’s reverse.

The tactician was taken to task for his substitution when the game was at 2-2, which saw him remove centre-back Roderick in favour of forward Rodolfo Bodipo. The move was soon followed by Joel Campbell’s winning goal at the other end for Betis.

“I made the changes to win. We had control of the game, we were playing a lot of balls into the box, so I brought on the striker that we had on the bench.

“They had left Ruben Castro alone, they had removed Jorge Molina and I spoke to Alex Bergantinos for him to act between midfield and defence. I did what I did to win.

“The team go for the win at all time, which is why they are looking good. But, assessments have to be made on the results.

“In Vigo you crucified my for doing the opposite [making a defensive substitution] because we did not win and today [Sunday], because we did not win or draw, the point being argued is now this.”


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