Marbella find themselves third from bottom following another defeat

Marbella try to find a breakthrough with a set piece.
Marbella try to find a breakthrough with a set piece. / ADG Media
  • With the side unexpectedly in relegation trouble, the pressure has increased on boss José Manuel Aira

Marbella did little to ease their relegation worries as they fell to a 1-0 loss at Cadiz B on Saturday afternoon. The defeat means they lie third bottom of Group 4A of Segunda B and increases the pressure on boss José Manuel Aira.

Marbella’s hopes of bouncing back from last week’s defeat to Tamaraceite were met with an early blow when a corner for the hosts found Sergi Fernández and his header set up Saturday Erimuya, who scored to give his side a fourth-minute lead.

Fifteen minutes in, Marbella had their first chance, but captain Añón was unable to hit the target. Ten minutes later, Cadiz B nearly doubled their advantage, when Nieto’s freekick was cleared for a corner.

At the start of the second half, Marbella had calls for a penalty waved away as the referee did not deem a handball to have occurred. Despite being the better side after the break, Marbella did little to trouble Flere’s goal. Their best chance came in the 72nd minute, when Callejón’s freekick was headed behind by Fernández.

The visitors had a couple more half-chances as full-time approached but couldn’t find an equaliser. Deep into stoppage time, Tremarco had a chance to get that elusive goal, but his shot sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Overall, Marbella were unable to capitalise on a much-improved second half performance, and the side clearly missed the injured Alfonso Herrera.

The result sees Cadiz B leapfrog Marbella on the head-to-head rule. Aira's side will hope to get back on track at Linense on Wednesday afternoon.