Nuno hails Valencia's 'vital' win

Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo said Saturday's victory over Rayo Vallecano was "vital" as the La Liga side returned to winning ways.

Sofiane Feghouli scored twice in the first half as the 10 men of Valencia defeated Rayo 3-0 at the Mestalla.

Valencia - fifth in the standings - had gone four league matches without a win before kick-off on Saturday.

"The three points from this game were vital for us," Nuno said post-game.

"I am satisfied with how Rodrigo de Paul played, coming in for Dani Parejo.

"We played well, we scored goals and we created chances. We showed that Alvaro Negredo and Paco Alcacer can play together, along with Rodrigo, and whoever plays will depend on the game."

Hosts Valencia played the final 20 minutes with a man less after Andre Gomes was sent off for a second bookable offence.

"All of our red cards this year have come when our player has been fighting for the ball and has been grabbed," Nuno added.

"The opposition player stops our man chasing the ball by holding him back, and we end up with a player sent off. I don't want to comment on refereeing, but I will say this: we are not a violent team."