Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Las Palmas 3-1 Valencia post-match thread

As my stream cut out at half time, I have to apologise for this one being short.

Anyway, Valencia were brought back down to earth after a few improved results by a Las Palmas side that outplayed them, especially in the centre of the pitch. Valencia did well to stay level for the early period and even took an early lead against the run of play with a great team goal. Enzo intercepted in the middle and put the ball out to space on the left. Gaya put the ball across the box for Mina, in a rare outing as main striker, to poke home. Las Palmas were level before half time. Garay cut out a dangerous pass and with the players sprinting back and looking a little disorganised, Viera was able to curl in.

Things went from bad to worse in the second half. Enzo went off injured at half time and was replaced by Suarez. Munir was sent off for a reckless challenge while already on a yellow card. Las Palmas went ahead from a free kick that Parejo would have been proud of and then put the game beyond doubt after an awful error from Mangala.

As usual it's one step forward, one step back. To me, Las Palmas looked much sharper for the parts I saw, they controlled the midfield and Valencia were rarely able to get any decent moves going. Worse, Munir, Parejo and Nani are all suspended for the next game against Eibar, while Enzo is an injury doubt.

It looks like Fede is gone with Orellana coming in, but the midfield still looks like our main weakness. What do you think?