Last-16 reward for Neville's first win

Santi Mina's opening goal paved the way for a 2-0 triumph over Barakaldo, giving Gary Neville his first win as manager in his third game in charge of Valencia. 
Santi Mina's opening goal paved the way for a 2-0 triumph over Barakaldo, giving Gary Neville his first win as manager in his third game in charge of Valencia. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

BARCELONA • Gary Neville believes there is more to come from Valencia after he recorded his first win as manager.

His side beat Barakaldo 2-0 on Wednesday and booked a place in the King's Cup last 16, with a 5-1 score on aggregate.

Santi Mina's header put Valencia ahead after eight minutes and Alvaro Negredo slotted home, having been played in by Andre Gomes after 31 minutes.

Former England and Manchester United defender Neville, in his third match in charge of the Spanish team, decided against making too many changes, despite having a 3-1 lead from the first leg against the third-tier side.

He handed Negredo his first start since early October after the former Manchester City striker fell out of favour under previous coach Nuno Espirito Santo and then suffered appendicitis.

However, the Spanish international's eye for goal looks to have returned as he scored for the first time since August.

"I'm happy with the result.

"As a coach, you always think in what things you can improve and what you did do well," said the 40-year-old Neville.

"There were some things we could have done better tonight and some things we did well.

"In the second half, we improved a lot in playing out from the back.

"In games of football, it's actually more difficult to play out from the back in the first half because the team you're playing against has more energy.

"In the second half, the game becomes a little more open.

"In that sense, maybe that's a natural course but it's definitely something we're working on and we'll speak to the players about.

"The talent is there, the ability is there, it's just making sure we do it consistently."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2015, with the headline 'Last-16 reward for Neville's first win'. Print Edition | Subscribe