Neville ‘happier’ with Las Palmas draw

Gary Neville has insisted that Valencia showed further improvements during Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

A late Paco Alcacer goal was needed for Los Che to avoid a home defeat in the first leg of their tie, but the Englishman was encouraged by his side’s performance, despite having witnessed them fall behind in successive games.

“It has to be us who take the lead and our opponents who have to come back,” he said after the game.

“That's why I’m not happy, although I’m more so than I was on Sunday.

“We played better [on Thursday] and deserved not to fall behind on the scoreboard. We played better than in Granada, where we won 3-0.

“[On appointing Alcacer as captain], there’s no problem with it and the proof is that [Dani Parejo] was our best player on the night, but we thought it was best to give Paco the armband.

“I’ll explain everything in detail at the Press conference before the match against Deportivo [La Coruna].”

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