New Almeria boss Juan Ignacio Martinez claimed his side’s 2-1 Copa del Rey victory over Real Betis had been good for morale.
Martinez, who replaced the axed Francisco last week, saw his side ease through to the next round 6-4 on aggregate against Los Beticos, second-half goals from Michel and Jonathan putting them comfortably in control before Damien Perquis pulled one back late on.
“In the end we suffered for the victory but it was good for the group to grow in morale and self-esteem,” he told reporters.
“The style of play I wanted was to take control of the game through Verza and Corona. We succeeded in doing that but I also wanted to reduce the effect of our opponents.
“Jonathan scored a great goal and it was worth it for the fans who came to the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos tonight,” he insisted.