Mixed feelings for Betis’ Merino

Juan Merino expressed both “anger” and “happiness” after Real Betis drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Saturday.

Betis were forced to come back from Carlos Castro’s goal to earn a point for a second week running, courtesy of German Pezzella’s quick-fire equaliser, but Merino was furious with his side’s failure to make their dominance count, while praising their “attitude and commitment”.

“We have to improve on many things and continue working,” the Coach said after the game.

“We should’ve picked up the three important points on offer. It was unfair of us to lose as Sporting scored with their only attack.

“I’m angry because we’re capable of playing a lot better and quicker, but we clearly deserved to win the game.

“Still, I’m very happy with our attitude and commitment, which was a 10 like usual, but I liked nothing in first 20 minutes as we weren’t comfortable and had no mobility or ball movement.

“The team can play football, but at home we must be able to carry the weight [of expectation].

“We knew it’d be difficult to win both games [against Sporting and Rayo], but I’m sure we’ll beat Rayo. We’re now six points clear of relegation.”

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