Marcelino admitted Villarreal were fortunate to escape Deportivo La Coruna with a 1-1 draw in La Liga on Saturday.
The Yellow Submarine prolonged their winless run to 11 matches as Celso Borges netted an instant response to Jaume Costa’s opener in the formative stages of the second half at Riazor.
"We’re happy because Deportivo put us in a lot of trouble, more so than in recent games,” the Coach confessed.
“We suffered a lot in the match because Depor were extremely intense and strong defensively.
"The fact they drew level two minutes later showed they were high in motivation and enthusiasm.
“Playing three games without the ability to rotate wasn’t ideal.”