Gary Neville hasn’t had too much to laugh about during his time in charge of Valencia.
He failed to win any of his first nine La Liga matches, while also losing a crucial Champions League group match against Lyon which saw his side get knocked out of the competition.
Add to that a 7-0 loss to Barcelona and you can see why the former Manchester United defender was under pressure after just a couple of months in charge.
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But the club have now lost just once in their previous seven matches in all competitions and their luck is beginning to turn, it seems.
During Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Malaga they received a massive helping hand - literally - by the opposition goalkeeper.
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Carlos Kameni, the experienced Cameroonian stopper, scored one of the most hilarious own-goals ever to help Valencia on their way to three points - watch the ridiculous clanger below:
Valencia had trailed Malaga since the 10th minute but five minutes before half-time, Kameni punched the ball into his own net from a Sofiane Feghouli cross.
The keeper, for some reason, protested furiously to the referee for an infringement, despite being under very little pressure.
Valencia had struggled in the match before the bizarre equaliser and they managed to go on to grab the three points when Denis Cheryshev, who is on loan from Real Madrid, scored the winner.
Kameni has spent 12 years in Spain, playing for Espanyol for eight seasons before joining Malaga in 2012.
It was a vital three points for Neville’s side as they leapfrogged their opponents into ninth.
Neville’s short-term deal expires at the end of the season but the 41-year-old is keen to concentrate on managing rather than contract negotiations.
"I think we said February, March, but it has come along very quickly," said Neville during his pre-match press conference.
"I think we need to concentrate on the football. We have too many matches at this moment in time and I think maybe now it will be into April by the time I speak to the club.
"It's interesting - three weeks ago the mood in here was a very different mood - you weren't asking me about my contract and I don't feel it's respectful now to talk about my contract, it honestly isn't. I've got a lot more hard work to do,” he concluded.
Neville represented the Red Devils for almost 20 seasons during his playing days before becoming coach for England’s national side.
His first forage into management has been a tough test for the 41-year-old but there is no doubt he would have learned some valuable lessons in Spain that will stand him in good stead for future roles.
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