Javier Aguirre found fault in Espanyol’s win, but it was Jose Luis Oltra that was left with the greater headache at Deportivo.
The Catalans picked up a much needed three points to at least temporarily vault out of the relegation zone and into lower mid-table territory.
Even so, Aguirre spent his post-match talking of where the team are still lagging behind.
“We need to improve, we have not yet taken the final step,” warned the Mexican post-match.
“Everything is hidden in the joy of a win. As a block, we must attack and defend, we did not have the possession that we wanted and I have seen more cracks in the defence that we should have had.
“A draw might have been a fair result. It was a game more open than most that we have played before, and the most even. But you need to understand the situation of both teams to understand the impact of the game.”
For counterpart Oltra, the mood was even more downbeat.
“While we are alive we will continue to get up, we are concerned about the situation and will do everything to change it,” Oltra told reporters after Week 17’s ended Depor’s calendar year on a winless streak of seven League games.
“It is difficult to criticise the players because I have confidence in how they are working. At the moment, it is good that there are many teams involved in the fight for survival, you always have the hope of getting out of there.
“We will fight to the end but we have many things to fix, and imminently. Has luck played its part? Today, for example, I would have liked to have played with two points [in the team], but I did not have them available.”