Abelardo: Fans inspired Sporting

Sporting Gijon Coach Abelardo believes a packed El Molinon helped his side come from 3-1 down to Granada to draw 3-3.

Nacho Cases and Miguel Angel Guerrero scored late on – Guerrero’s equaliser coming deep in injury time – to give the home side a point.

“The pride of the players without playing their best game meant they played until the end against a rival with a good team,” Abelardo said post-match, AS reports.

“At 3-1 we had to risk 4-1 so I put Guerrero against the two centre-backs. We didn’t do the things we had worked on but we played to feet with [Alen] Halilovic playing deeper.

“I don’t like crazy games like this but we soared thanks to the fans, on a Monday and at this time, with more than 19,000 people here.

“We need to be strong to avoid [going behind] when we’re in front, as has happened in other games.

“A lot of the players only debuted in the Segunda last year and have only eight Primera games.

“The goal is to be 17th and that would be an open-top bus parade on the streets of Gijon.”

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