Real Sociedad boss David Moyes admitted Elche were full value for the 1-0 Monday night win that takes them six points clear of the relegation zone.
Jonathas scored the only goal of the game on 18 minutes, pouncing on an error from Markel Bergara to notch his 10th of the season, and Moyes admitted he had no complaints over the result.
“We didn’t play well and made a mistake that cost us the game, but we were not able to create chances and I’ve no complaints,” he told a post-match Press conference.
“The players ran a lot in search of the equaliser but we lacked quality and it wasn’t a question of attitude.
“Elche deserved to win the game. They created more and were the better side.”
The Scot said he still expects his players to be motivated for what remains of the season.
“It’s better to be where we are than fighting against relegation. I have great respect for this competition and every game is important and difficult.
“I’ve never in my life played a game that isn’t important to me and I hope my players think the same,” he maintained.