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Feb 13, 2016 at 7.30pm UK at ​Mestalla
Attendance: 34,689
Valencia
2-1
Espanyol
Negredo (71'), Cheryshev (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Duarte (53')

Result: Valencia come from behind to hand Gary Neville first league win

Gary Neville picks up his first league win as manager of Valencia at the 10th time of asking as Los Che come from behind to beat Espanyol 2-1.

Gary Neville has picked up his first league victory as a manager courtesy of his Valencia side coming from behind to beat struggling Espanyol 2-1 at the Mestalla this evening.

Neville was winless in nine La Liga outings going into the game, but two goals in the space of five second-half minutes saw Los Che ease some of the pressure on the Englishman's shoulders.

Gary 'To me, to you' Neville appears ahead of the La Liga game between Valencia and Espanyol on February 13, 2016© Getty Images

The hosts were almost behind inside 10 minutes, however, when Felipe Caicedo drew a smart stop from Diego Alves before Mamadou Sylla steered the rebound wide of the target from close range.

Valencia responded with a couple of chances of their own in a lively opening to the game, and it was Daniel Parejo who was the first to threaten when his free kick was kept out by Lopez Sabata Pau.

Moments later the home side came forward again, with Rodrigo finding Paco Alcacer, only for the striker to fire his effort narrowly wide of the left upright.

The game soon settled down and it wasn't until the 51st minute when there was another clear sight of goal, Denis Cheryshev peeling away from his marker but sending Joao Cancelo's cross just over.

That miss looked like being costly when Espanyol took the lead just a minute later as Oscar Duarte stole in in front of Alves to nod home unmarked from a corner.

Having registered his first ever Espanyol goal, Duarte then threatened to make it an unlikely brace just before the hour mark, but Alves was equal to his effort this time before reacting quickly to deny Victor Alvarez on the rebound too.

Neville turned to Alvaro Negredo off the bench to help him salvage something from the game, and it was a change that paid off when the former Manchester City man levelled things up with a deflected finish after Cancelo had burst into the box.

A second goal arrived shortly afterwards as Valencia turned the match on its head, with Sofiane Feghouli making his way down the right before clipping a cross into the middle for Cheryshev to head home.

Negredo nearly made it three with a header as the hosts looked to put the game to bed, but they also needed Alves in form at the other end to keep out Abraham's effort seven minutes from time.

Gerard Moreno kept the Neville nerves jangling with a miss from close range in the final minute, but Valencia held on for a win that lifts them back up to 11th in the table and leaves Espanyol teetering just above the relegation zone and now winless in 10 matches in all competitions.

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Valencia's midfielder Dani Parejo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF vs SD Eibar at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on May 3, 2015
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