Alaves 1-0 Real Valladolid: Abelardo earns first win since returning as manager with ex-Newcastle and Stoke striker Joselu netting only goal to fire hosts out of LaLiga relegation zone
- Joselu’s clever flick proved the difference midway through the second half
- The hosts picked up their first win under new boss Abelardo in the process
- Alaves next travel to Barcelona on February 13 while Real Valladolid visit Eibar
Former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu netted a crucial winner for Alaves as they saw off fellow strugglers Real Valladolid at Mendizorroza.
Alaves went into the game in the bottom three against 16th-placed Valladolid having just picked up their first point in three games under new boss Abelardo.
Joselu’s improvised finish midway through the second half was enough to give Alaves the win
The victory gave new manager Abelardo his first win in charge since taking over last month
The only goal of the contest came when Joselu cleverly flicked in midway through the second half after a precise cross from the right by Martin Aguirregabiria.
The hosts held on and leapfrog the visitors into 15th. Alaves next travel to face Barcelona on February 13, while Valladolid visit Eibar.