Valverde proud despite last-gasp draw

Ernesto Valverde was happy that his side kept their composure despite the recent troubles at Valencia as they suffered a last-gasp draw at Espanyol on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde

By FOX Sports Staff

The match was also the second one for the club after the departure of president Manuel Llorente.

Llorente had come under fire for sanctioning the sales of a number of key players such as David Villa, David Silva and Jordi Alba as well as the unsuccessful tenure of former Los Che player Mauricio Pellegrino.

Under new coach Valverde, Valencia are slowly finding their bearings, but on Sunday, they saw Sergio Garcia cancel out Roberto Soldado's injury-time goal in a dramatic encounter in Barcelona.

The Valencia coach remained calm in the post-match press conference despite the frenetic end to the 3-3 draw at Cornella del Prat with two goals scored in extra time.

"We did not get three points but I'm pleased with how the team has performed, " he told reporters.

"Knowing that the players also have to overcome a difficult situation like we have at Valencia, they played unaffected.

"The situation at the club is not ideal at the moment, but these players always stand up to be counted. We went out for the win right from the start, but they took advantage of the gaps we left.

"It was an attractive, closely-fought game.

"Defence is the whole team not just the defenders, we made mistakes and have paid for it. But we stayed strong and that is encouraging."

Opposing coach Javier Aguirre was delighted with the manner with which Garcia scored the decisive goal that saw Las Blanquiblaus come away with the point.

"We could have gone into halftime with a bigger lead, but the result is fair and the true winner was the public," the Mexican commented.

"All of us were behind Sergio pushing in that final goal."

The result means that Valencia stay one point behind fourth-placed Real Sociedad but having played a game more while Espanyol overtake Levante in 11th place in the La Liga table.

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