Espanyol captain Sergio Garcia has said it was crucial the side won against Granada despite going down to 10 men.
Victor Alvarez was sent off after half an hour of the match but Hector Moreno scored late in the game to give Javier Aguirre’s side three points.
“We had to work even harder with one less and in the end we didn’t regret Victor’s sending off,” Garcia told reporters.
“That’s important and we’re strong because of it.”
Garcia added that he was not surprised to see Moreno score the winning goal as the Mexico international has a habit of finding space from set-pieces, with Garcia taking the corner that led to the goal
“I’d seen that in several set plays Moreno was alone, unmarked.
“He knew where to put the ball and did it perfectly.
“We all knew how important it was to get three points and the team gave everything.”
Espanyol’s next game takes them to Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames and Garcia hopes to see a repeat of last season, when Los Periquitos game away with three points.
“Athletic are on a roll but last year they were also doing well when we went to Bilbao and won.
“It’ll be difficult but we will not be afraid.”
On a personal note Garcia revealed he is particularly happy with his form and his bond with the Cornella-El Prat faithful.
“I feel great and I hope to do better every game.
“I want to thank the fans for their support and the love I receive. When I wear the captain’s armband I want to do good things to help the team win.”