Gary Neville hailed Valencia’s “fight, spirit and personality” as he watched his side salvage a 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
Alvaro Negredo scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to earn Los Che a last-gasp point at Riazor, a result which prolonged the Englishman’s winless start in La Liga to eight games, but he was nonetheless encouraged by the character his side showed.
“You [reporters] said the players lacked character, but I couldn’t ask for more from them, in terms of effort and desire,” he said after the game.
“We've come back [from behind] four or five times in the last few games and I’m proud the team fought to the end. It’s one of the most difficult things to achieve.
“I agree we need to win games. Maybe we’re not quite ready to win games, but we will be soon.
“If you ask me what I want from a team, it’s fighting to the end and we have that.
“With a little more patience in our decision-making, we’ll get those wins.
“A Valencia Coach can’t be pleased with a draw.
“The Valencia fans want us to win, and both the team and I are desperate to give one to them, but the least I demand is that we fight to the end and players are doing that.
“I’m proud of the spirit and personality we’re showing.”