Marbella fail to break down Cadiz's stubborn B-team

Edu Ramos, right, battles for midfield superiority.
Edu Ramos, right, battles for midfield superiority. / J. Rodríguez
  • The Costa side were unable to find a way past the organised Andalusians, who employed a high press on Sunday

Marbella's indifferent start to the season continued on Sunday with a disappointing goalless draw at home against Cadiz B.

Coach José Manuel Aira made three changes from his side's 3-1 defeat at Tamaraceite, with the suspended Alfred Planas and the injured Carlos Blanco dropping out, replaced by Añón and Fernando Román; while Alfonso Herrero returned between the sticks after recovering from Covid-19.

Nothing, however, could have prepared Marbella for the high press of their opponents. Cadiz succeeded time and time again in winning the ball high up the pitch, keeping Marbella on the back foot - albeit without taking their chances, drawing Herrero into two fine saves in the first half.

As time passed, though, Aira's side started to move the ball more quickly, opening up space on the flanks, yet it was Cadiz's Saturday who created the first chance of the second half, again saved by Herrero.

The hosts' only major opportunity to bag the winner came on the counterattack when Busquets fed in Callejón who fluffed his lines.

From their first four games, Marbella have now won one, lost one and drawn two.