Sergio Gonzalez has praised his Espanyol players for “competing like animals” during Saturday's 1-0 win against Getafe in La Liga.
A free kick from Salva Sevilla may have proved the difference at Cornella-El Prat, but the Coach was more enthused by the overall performance of his side, who he claimed “suffered” and “emptied themselves” on the pitch.
“We suffered, emptied ourselves, competed like animals and were rewarded. The players gave everything,” he told reporters.
“lt could've gone either way, but [it was decided thanks to] a stroke of genius from Salva Sevilla.
“The responsibility of having something to lose was big, and wastefulness began creeping in.
“[On boos for striker Felipe Caicedo being replaced by defensive midfielder Jose Canas], I understand them perfectly well.
“The win gives us a pat on the back. It gives us the opportunity to continue working with the tranquillity of these three points.
“The margin for improvement is a big one, but winning gives us a lot of confidence.
“[On switching between 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1 during the match], we will alternate between these formations, and I'm happy as the players have adapted to the changes well.”