‘Valencia not ruthless enough’

Nuno Santo has admitted that Valencia were not ruthless enough during their goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, the Coach felt his side were in “total control” of the first half but were left to pay for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal, despite an inspired performance from Los Vallecanos goalkeeper Tono, which saw Alvaro Negredo denied at the death.

“It was the type of game we expected at Vallecas. Traditionally, it's always been difficult and intense,” he told reporters.

“We totally controlled the game in the first half but faced a goalkeeper on a very good night, so we feel disappointed as we looked like we were about to win.

“I thought we were very complete and controlled all aspects of the game in the first half, but Rayo hit back and played with the ball well.

“We made chances, very clear ones at times, but in a game like this you must kill it off so you can control it better.

“We knew the quality [Mat Ryan] had, but he has to develop because he's so young and clean sheets are very important for him. Either way, Mat has to keep improving.”

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