Sunday, December 16, 2018

Eibar 1-1 Valencia post-match

Sorry if these are short, but it's getting a bit tedious writing about dour displays and constant "what might have been" draws. Eibar have always been a tricky opponent, but this was a game we should have won despite our first 15 minutes being awful. We couldn't pass to save our lives, weren't able to hold on to the ball for more than 10 seconds. For the rest of the first half we saw much better. The team was passing and counter attacking dangerously, though with the final product lacking as usual. In one of the best chances, Rodrigo skilfully cut inside, but then chose the wrong option of threading it to Mina, who had a defender on him, when Cheryshev was free. Mina just blasted it uselessly at the keeper. We then opened the scoring and it was a good goal from the team, Parejo hitting a great pass out to Wass and the latter producing an excellent ball into the danger zone for Rodrigo to score his first in 4 months.

All downhill thereafter, both Gabriel and Coquelin went off injured before half time and Gaya gave away an avoidable penalty, mysteriously waving his arms around, with VAR awarding the penalty after a couple of minutes delay.

We were joking earlier in the season about Valencia equalling or beating the most draws in a season record (18) but the team seriously seems to be going for it, with just 8 draws in 22 games needed. That looks like the only "achievement" we will make in what continues to be a hugely disappointing campaign.