Valencia manager Gary Neville has revealed that former Cameroon international Carlos Kameni did his side a huge favour after his blunder led to a 2-1 victory for the visitors on Wednesday.
Malaga were in charge of the game as they took the lead through Duje Cop on 14 minutes but allowed Valencia back into the game when Carlos Kameni parried the ball into his own net just before half-time, before Denis Cheryshev emerged with Los Che’s winner after the break.
“When we win, it’s said at a Press conference that we look up [the table] and down when we lose,” the Coach said after the game.
“Although it wasn’t our best game, I was proud of our second half because we resisted well, we played with purpose and everyone was very good individually.
“We needed to show an improvement on set-pieces and that’s what made me the happiest.
“We’re grateful for the time of [Kameni’s] error because for 38 minutes we didn’t play well and started playing better from that point onwards.
“We played better [in the second half] and could’ve scored two or three goals.
“We had the best spell of the game [from either team] in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
“The game was quite difficult to officiate. There were many air balls, one-on-ones and moments of tension, so the game was never smooth.”
Neville has gradually turned Valencia’s season around after a poor start to the season and they now sit tenth with 34 points on the La Liga log.