Vilanova perplexed by referee's performance during victory over Deportivo

The Blaugrana tactician questioned the decisions made by the match official after overseeing a nine-goal thriller at Riazor, and has given his support to Victor Valdes
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says that he was unable to fathom certain decisions made by referee Jose Paradas as his side scraped to a 5-4 victory over Deportivo on Saturday.

The Camp Nou outfit went up by a three-goal margin within the opening 20 minutes, but Javier Mascherano's sending off and a debatable penalty awarded to the hosts almost led to them surrendering their advantage.

"I was surprised at Cesc Fabregas' caution over celebrating a goal," said Vilanova to reporters. "You [journalists] have better images to judge his performance though.

"The penalty broke our rhythm. Before that, I had never seen our team play so well in the first 20 minutes.

"I introduced Xavi [after Mascherano's sending-off] because with ten men, I wanted more control. He was fresh and could ensure that."

Long-serving keeper Victor Valdes' mistakes proved directly responsible for several of the promoted side's goals, but Vilanova says that he will stand by his first-choice custodian.

"Valdes has been giving us so much over so many years that we cannot doubt him at this point."

The 30-year-old has appeared in all of the Primera Division leaders' games so far, conceding 11 goals in eight starts this season.