Manolo Jimenez believes that Real Zaragoza were made to work unnecessarily harder on Thursday for Helder Postiga’s ‘unfair’ red card.
The Portuguese striker was dismissed on the hour mark of his side's Copa del Rey match for a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area.
However, Zaragoza won through away to Granada, losing 2-1 on the night but progressing on away goals.
“The two teams were at full intensity. Granada began the game with great force and made us work very hard. In the second half we started very well and had the tie, and in the end we managed to get the goal scored away from home.
“We knew that we had to suffer so as to progress. Postiga’s red card was unfair, even if the referee had a good game otherwise, because you are now penalised for just jumping out of the way.
“He gets a lot of fouls against him, he gets caught on the eyebrow too, in a move that everyone tells me is a penalty and he is dismissed for it.
“That hindered us as we were tired by the end. The goals we did concede were through no fault of ours, Granada were strong.”