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Tuesday, 06 October 2009 12:28

Sporting defeat nothing to do with complacency - Mallorca's Nunes

Defender reflects on heavy defeat

Mallorca’s 4-1 defeat at Sporting Gijon on Sunday was a disappointing blow of the Islanders following their surprisingly strong start to the La Liga season. However, vice-captain Jose Nunes insists that complacency played no part in the loss.

Despite leading 1-0 at the break, Nunes’ men collapsed when Luis Moran equalised on 58 minutes, conceding again one minute later and going on to let in four second-half goals at El Molinon to suffer their second defeat of the season.

Mallorca had gone into the game in fourth position in La Liga, having taken an impressive ten point from their opening five matches, and former Braga stopper Nunes has rejected the idea that his team took Gijon lightly.

“We had a bad game, but it was not because we were too relaxed,” he said. “They were better than us. In the first half, although we were winning, we did not control the match; we held firm but they created more attacking situations than we did. The team is angry and the manager is upset because it was a game from which we could have got points.

“I don’t think it is a case of having two different versions of Mallorca, but the team of last week’s home match was very different to this week’s. We were not able to win this week and made errors, but we do not lack humility.  We did not walk onto the pitch thinking the match would be won.

Mallorca slip down to sixth after Sunday’s match, a position looked upon positively by the club’s supporters, who regularly expect their side to spend the campaign battling relegation. “The league will be very difficult. Nobody at the club ever said we would be fighting for a Champions League place; we know what we’re playing for,” Nunes added.

“The enthusiasm of the fans is normal because they are happy when we win, but they know it will be a hard-fought league. I hope we remain calm. This was a bad match, but we have fifteen days to study for the game with Getafe and we must change some thing to enable us to win.”

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