Granada 1-2 Valencia: Gary Neville's side win third match in a row
By Pete Hall
Last Updated: 22/02/16 9:29am
Gary Neville tasted victory for the third time in a row in all competitions after a narrow 2-1 success for Valencia at Granada in La Liga on Sunday.
After securing his first league win against Espanyol last Saturday, Neville saw his side thrash Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in midweek.
And the resurgence continued in Andalucia, as Dani Parejo's 55th-minute goal after a fine move and Santiago Mina's late strike was enough to secure all three points, with Edgar Mendez's effort even further into stoppage time a mere consolation for Granada.
Los Che can count themselves lucky to have achieved such a feat, however, as Granada missed a host of gilt-edged chances to snatch an equaliser when trailing 1-0.
The result sees Valencia move up to 11th in the table, while wasteful Granada stay rooted to the bottom.
The visitors did not start the match like a team in form, with Granada enjoying all the possession, without really troubling Diego Alves in the Valencia goal.
Isaac Success was causing all sorts of problems with his pace down the right, but nobody could get on the end of his crosses.
Francisco Rico fired wide early on for Granada, before Paco Alcacer had an effort deflected over.
Andres Fernandez had to be at his brilliant best in the Granada goal in the 40th minute to deny Andre Gomes from close range. The Valencia man should really have scored, but Andres showed great agility to keep the header out.
After the break, Parejo, perhaps fortunate to still be on the pitch after a series of fouls, broke the deadlock and sparked the game into life.
It was a fine Valencia move, with Gomes picking out Alcacer, and he delightfully laid the ball into the path of the onrushing Parejo, who fired home.
Then, it was all Granada, who somehow failed to find the back of the net.
First, David Barral inexplicably hit the crossbar from three yards out, before substitute Youssef El Arabi headed wide when unmarked in the box.
And in stoppage time, another substitute made the hosts pay for their profligacy.
With Granada committing bodies forward, Alcacer broke clear, who chose the wrong option in trying to dink the ball over Andres, but the Granada 'keeper could only divert the ball into the path of another substitute Mina to slot home.
Mendez's late header from a free-kick mattered little as Valencia held on to continue their resurgence under Neville.