Juan Ignacio Martinez praised Real Valladolid’s work-rate and patience in seeing out Celta Vigo 3-0 on Monday night.
Week 16’s closing fixture saw Valladolid move out of the relegation zone thanks to a second-half hat-trick from Javi Guerra, which followed Charles’ second yellow card close to the hour mark.
“I am happy, because we had a bad run and I know that the players have been worked well, they deserved this,” Martinez mused post-match.
“This is a step forward to gain momentum, but we have to follow it up because our situation is very complicated.
“I did not expect three goals. We have been decisive. The team was serious and knew how to neutralise a Celta team with many variations that in the first half created many difficulties for us. The key was not to lose concentration and to have patience.”