Neville ‘can’t explain’ defeat

Gary Neville insisted Valencia should have beaten Sporting Gijon “4-0 or 5-0” after they went down 1-0 at Mestalla on Sunday.

Antonio Sanabria’s penalty early in the second half made it eight La Liga games without a win for the Englishman, but he was at a loss to explain how his side ended the match without anything to show for themselves.

“We’re trying to understand what happened out there,” he said after the game.

“It’s our most disappointing result of the season. This game shouldn’t have been lost, it should’ve been 4-0 or 5-0 [to us].

“There’s no explanation. We were better from the first to last minute.

“In the dressing room, I told the players that they had to believe they could win the game.

“I saw our best performance but worst result of the season. It’s a huge disappointment.

“We drew with Getafe and Rayo [Vallecano], but I went home thinking we had lots to do, and after watching a game like today’s, I think we need some more luck in front of the goal, although I can sleep better [knowing how we played].

“[On Alvaro Negredo missing a number of chances], he had not played for several months just five weeks ago.

“Now he does regularly, he’s been scoring and he’ll score more with his quality and experience.

“Valencia fans have a clear way of telling you to leave, and I haven’t seen that yet. The question [of me leaving] is ridiculous.”

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