‘You learn faster through mistakes’

Iago Herrerin has reflected on the ‘bitter taste’ he was left with in errors committed during Athletic Bilbao’s last match.

Despite the Basques starting life at their new San Mames on Monday evening with a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo, their goalkeeper was left unhappy afterwards for a shaky performance that saw him criticised for concession of Celta’s second goal and for also giving away a penalty, although missed by Charles.

“I have a bitter taste because whilst we won the three points, I was personally unhappy with my performance,” Herrerin reflected to reporters today.

“There is also no getting around it because in seven days there is another game and I cannot think of the mistakes.

“Would I change my style? No, if I am here it is because of things like that. The Primera is not the Segunda or Segunda B and you have to take that into account.

“Maybe it was an ideal day to not play well. I was excited about playing in the new San Mames, but it could have been anywhere.

“I made particular mistakes, but if not for the mistake in the second goal, it would have been a normal game. Monday was a special moment and very nice, but it could have happened anywhere.

“I ended up a little down, but the Coach is always supportive and told me to keep my head up.”

Erik Moran was also seen as responsible for Athletic conceding the first goal on Monday.

“Both Erik and I know that we went wrong. You learn faster based on the mistakes you make, whilst three years ago we did not have the opportunity to make a mistake…”

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