Garry Rodrigues was excellent for Elche

Once again Elche were unlucky not to get anything out of this La Liga game played in front of 21,000 at the Estadio Martinez Valero last Friday evening, as they were beaten by a 90th minute goal by RC Celta’s Chilean striker Nolito.

The visitors arrived in the city high on confidence after their recent derby win but Elche really put them to the sword as, certainly during the 2nd period of the game, they controlled long periods, creating by far the better chances. Unfortunately, as was almost their downfall last season, Elche were unable to convert, a problem that continues to haunt manager Fran Escriba during this new campaign.

Although the first half was a fairly dour affair the game really sprung to life during the second period with both teams creating far more chances with Coro and then Jonathas, both failing to find the target for Elche when presented with good opportunities.

But it was an excuisite pass from Krohn-Dehli that gave Nolito the chance to finally break the deadlock and make it 0-1, scoring in his third match on the trot after goals against RC Deportivo de La Coruña and Club Atlético de Madrid.

Next Saturday Elche travel to Almeria.

Elche C.F .: Manu Herrera; Damian, Enzo Roco, Lombán, Edu Albacar, Rodrigues, Mosquera, José Ángel (Adrian, m. 77), Victor Rodriguez (Cristian Herrera, m. 85), Faiçal (Coro, m. 78) and Jonathas.

Photo:Kevin Rendall

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