Gary Neville‘s Valencia finally ended their 12-game losing streak by defeating Espanyol 2-1 at the Mestalla in La Liga action on Saturday.
When Neville took over, Los Che had already lost two matches, and the former Manchester United captain oversaw a further 10 defeats, with the club’s fans growing increasingly frustrated.
Indeed, while Valencia will have targeted a European berth ahead of the campaign, and even after the exit of Neville’s predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo, the fallen giants have steadily begun to slip towards the drop zone.
Neville also oversaw Valencia’s elimination from the Champions League, while his side’s miserable 7-0 capitulation against Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg was a crushing loss that will live long in the memory.
It must have been a case of déjà vu for Valencia fans on Saturday when they fell behind to a 52nd-minute goal from Oscar Duarte, after a fine save from Diego Alves had kept them in the contest with a terrific save following a testing first half.
However, driven forward by Neville’s touchline passion, Valencia equalised through former Manchester City hitman Alvaro Negredo, before snatching the win when Denis Cheryshev bagged a 76th winner for the home side.
VIDEO: Cheryshev’s winner against Espanyol #vcf pic.twitter.com/mzAEkLTRXV
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The win leaves Valencia provisionally in eleventh, having accrued 28 points from 24 matches.
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