Neville takes responsibility for defeat

Valencia manager Gary Neville has taken full responsibility for his side's poor showing during their 1-0 defeat to Levante in La Liga on Sunday.

The former Manchester United captain has been under pressure since taking over the coaching position at the Bats in December, after having only managed to win nine of 27 games in all competitions during his tenure.

Following a string of poor results and their 1-0 defeat to bottom of the table Levante, Neville has apologised to the club's supporters and admitted that their performance against Le Granotes was below par and highly unacceptable.

"Today there is no defence. I apologise to our fans. I take all the responsibility, that performance was unacceptable," he told Goal. "This defeat is not acceptable. [Levante] have fought for every ball and we simply have not been at that level."

The 41-year-old is expecting an improved display by his charges when they welcome high flying Athletic Bilbao to the Mestella for the second leg of the Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday night.

"On Thursday we're not going to play with this level of [poor] intensity," he added. "We've got to stand up and say 'Enough, that's over'."

Valencia trail the visitors 1-0 after going down in the first leg and were also beaten 3-0 by Athletic Club at the end of February.

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