Villarreal Coach Ernesto Valverde Concedes His Side Were Second Best Against Valencia

The Yellow Submarines coach looks for maximum points from their next two outings....
Villarreal coach Ernesto Valverde admitted his side were off the pace in their 4-1 defeat to Valencia at the Mestalla.

"We didn't do well in the game. They have been more intense from the start and also with the dismissal [of Kiko] and two goals against us, Valencia found space," he said afterwards at a press conference.

"We have a large accumulation of red cards and penalties against us and that worries us. I do not know if it was inside or outside the area."

Valverde has demanded that his side collect a maximum six points from their next two games, both at the Madrigal, against Real Zaragoza and Osasuna in a bid to continue climbing the table and get themselves back in contention for a European place.

"Now we must think about the upcoming matches. We have emerged from a difficult situation and now we cannot fall back into it again. We need to win in two consecutive home games to come," he declared.