Gary Neville was told to “go now” by Valencia fans after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat Real Betis, but he insisted his team “didn’t deserve to lose”.
Ruben Castro’s lone strike in the second half consigned Neville to a ninth La Liga game without victory, prompting Valencia supporters to chant abuse at the Englishman upon his arrival at training on Monday morning, but he asserted his players had simply been unlucky.
“We’ll continue working. Now is the time to be together,” he said after the game.
“I know the fans are upset, and I am too, but the players are working well and the club are more organised than when I arrived here.
“We didn’t deserve to lose. We lost by a mistake and that penalised us.
“We had good spells in the game but didn’t take our chances.
“The margin between victory and defeat is fine, but we’ll try to flip the situation.
“It was an even game between two teams in a difficult situation, but we’re not a team who are fighting to avoid relegation.
“We’ve been better than most of the teams we’ve faced since I’ve been Coach.
“I expected to have already won three or four games, but we made a great effort [after the 7-0 defeat to Barcelona] and were better [than Betis].
“I asked to be judged after five months, but I’m being judged after five weeks.”