Elche boss Fran Escriba conceded that although his side came out on top against Valencia they were for the most part second best.
“It was a long 90 minutes and they created a lot chances because they are a good team. But we defended well and had some good fortune,” he told assembled reporters after a late goal from debutant Cristian Herrera sealed a 2-1 success.
“It was an important win because it allowed us to show that we can compete with anybody. However, it was our most difficult game of the season and Valencia are the best team we’ve faced.”
Escriba praised substitute Herrera for his goal, the youngster running on to Coro’s pass to squeeze his shot past Diego Alves six minutes from time.
“When you make your debut it’s because you’ve been working well, so that’s what he must continue to do without trying to do too much.
“This success won’t go to his head. It could be that there will be a lot of fuss surrounding him for what he’s done, but he has to remain calm.
“It was a dream debut for any player as it included a goal and also earned his team victory,” said Escriba.