Diego - Gunino - Mejía - Trujillo - Christian - Verza - Soriano - Casquero - Aaron Níguez (Carlos Calvo 84’) - Abel Molinero (Vidal 66’) - Charles (Ulloa 56’)
Alberto - Mario Marín - Jorge - Carrasco - Tagliafico - Acciari - Eddy (Matilla 81’) - Albiol - Saúl Berjón (Nico Martínez 67’) - Sutil - Chando (Cristian Ruso 45’)
1-0 Ulloa 77’
2-0 Aaron Ñíguez 84’
Referee: Mr. José Luis Lesma López
Att: Just 4,000 at Almeria's Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos.
Not a bad performance from a team with many non-regulars, new signings and a reserve centre half. I would say that up to the moment when we gifted Almeria the lead (Acciari’s touch too soft to reach keeper Alberto) we were the better side. Their second was a result of our chasing the game.
Positives: Tagliafico looks a committed player, and Eddy……Eddy looks like a rough diamond……a young Patrick Vieira….tall, strong, athletic, skillful…….and at just 20 can only improve.
Negatives: In 5 games this season, only once have we finished with 10 men. On each occasion you can make a case for the defence. Be it mistaken identity, outrageous dives, or just a very tough call, we aren’t getting a fair deal. Acciari received a straight red for a hand in the face while protecting the ball……hardly the same as Almeria’s Soriano blatantly elbowing a Real player in the face during the same game, only punished with a yellow. I know I sound like a broken record…….but when are the club going to do something?