‘Levante must focus on Getafe’

Goalkeeper Javi Jimenez mused on the ultimate disappointment for his Levante debut, as he urges the side to focus on upcoming challenges.

Los Granotes saw the 26-year-old handed a first appearance, coming off the bench as a substitute following Keylor Navas’ 10th minute red card against Villarreal on Sunday.

Unable to keep out Bruno’s resultant penalty kick and later conceding twice to Ikechukwu Uche for a 3-0 result, the ‘keeper mused on his feelings post-match.

“I leave with the feeling of defeat, the game has been uphill for us, but we have to think about next week and getting the three points against Getafe,” Jimenez commented.

“We have held up well during the first half and in the second we have gone all out, but the second goal has knocked us down.

“The game was difficult after the red card, but the positive to take is the good work of the team. I have felt at ease and comfortable during the match, but we leave with the taste of defeat.

“My performance? I have been waiting may days for this moment. I really wanted to take to the field, even though we never like to see a teammate sent off.

“The most important thing now is the match against Getafe and the three points there, and then the Copa del Rey.

“Now we have a couple of weeks where we need to be physically strong to go to Getafe to begin this series of games with a win.”