David Moyes' side up to 11th after home victory over Eibar
Saturday 24 January 2015 23:49, UK
Xabi Prieto's second-half goal ensured Real Sociedad returned to winning ways in the Primera Division on Saturday evening.
Prieto headed home the game's only goal at the Anoeta to see off Basque neighbours Eibar 1-0 and earn David Moyes' side a welcome three points after last weekend's late home loss at the hands of Rayo Vallecano.
The result lifted Sociedad to 11th place, and left Eibar eighth.
Sociedad started brightly and mustered the better of the early chances.
Prieto headed Carlos Vela's free-kick just wide in the seventh minute, while Vela and Yuri Berchiche were off target with further efforts before Esteban Granero called Eibar goalkeeper Xabier Irureta into action for the first time to parry his 20-yard drive in the 20th minute.
Imanol Agirretxe nodded a Ruben Pardo free-kick over the bar nine minutes later as the hosts continued to dominate.
Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli had to be alert in the 32nd minute to keep out a Saul blast, but that - along with a comfortable save from Mikel Arruabarrena shortly after - was all that was required of him in the first half.
Agirretxe tried his luck a couple more times before the break but when he did find the target there was no way past Irureta.
The second half continued in a similar vein, with Sociedad bossing possession but struggling to find the cutting edge.
Prieta lashed over the bar and Granero had an effort tipped around the post by Irureta within five minutes of the restart.
Ten minutes into the second period, though, the deadlock was finally broken, as Prieto headed Ruben Pardo's corner into the top-right corner.
Neither side created much of note in the remainder of the match, Berchiche driving a long-range shot wide for the hosts and Ander Capa shooting over the bar from 25 yards for the visitors, as Sociedad comfortably held on for the three points.