New Valencia manager Gary Neville has expressed his happiness with his first win in Spain following a 2-0 win over Barakaldo in the Copa del Rey.
The former Manchester United defender promised to build his team around Alvaro Negredo and it was the Spanish international that scored the winner after Santi Mina opened scoring.
It was Neville’s third match as Valencia coach after he took over from Nuno Espirito Santo at the start of December.
“I’m happy with the result. As a coach you always think in what things you can improve and what you did do well,” Neville said.
“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.”
Valencia booked their place in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey after completing a 5-1 aggregate victory.