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Villarreal 1-0 Valencia: Player ratings and goal video as Bruno’s stunning strike downs Neville’s men

Valencia coach Gary Neville continues to search for his first La Liga win since taking charge of the club after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday.

The visitors remained defensively compact for the most part, and it took a wonder strike from Bruno to separate the two sides as he curled home this stunning free-kick.

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As the game went on, it became clearer that the former Manchester United star has plenty of work to do at the Mestalla with Valencia struggling to create any real clear-cut opportunities as they failed to threaten for the most part.

Paco Alcacer arguably had the best chance for his side, but despite impressing for Spain in qualifying for Euro 2016, he hasn’t been able to replicate that form for his club consistently as this wayward effort suggested.

In turn, that resulted in more pressure being applied by Villarreal who were relatively comfortable throughout as they picked up an important win with regards to their aspirations of breaking into the top four.

The three points on Wednesday move the Yellow Submarines above Celta into fourth spot, while they trail third-placed Real Madrid by just three points.

In contrast, Valencia remain just about in the top half of the table, although their form under Neville will continue to be a concern as they sit just eight points above the relegation zone which could become a prominent issue in 2016.

Neville has yet to win in the league having now picked up two draws and a defeat, and the pressure will likely start building on the 40-year-old sooner rather than later if he isn’t able to oversee an improvement in the early part of the new year.

Valencia player ratings: Juame 6; Barragan 6, Vezo 6, Santos 6, Abdennour 6, Cancelo 6; Gomes 6, Parejo 7, Danilo 6, Negredo 6, Alcacer 6.

Substitutes

Villalba 6, Piatti 6, Mina 5.

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