Valencia get back to winning ways against Espanyol January, 15 2017 - Montoya and Mina hit the back of the net in 2-1 victory Martín Montoya and Santi Mina were on target for Valencia CF who got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at home to Espanyol in LaLiga on Sunday. The blanquinegros went ahead when Montoya scored his second goal in consecutive games to complete a well-worked team move that saw a succession of passes to open up the Espanyol defence after 17 minutes. Santi Mina headed home after goalkeeper Diego López clawed away a Dani Parejo freekick but there were a few anxious minutes at the end when David Lopez bundled the ball home for Espanyol in a rare moment of danger with five minutes remaining. It was Valencia's first win at Mestalla since September when they came out on top against Alavés. Voro had Ezequiel Garay available after injury for the first time since he returned to the helm and he lined up alongside Aderllan with Mangala suspended, while José Luis Gayà was also back in the starting lineup following a spell in the treatment room. The blanquinegros faced an Espanyol side whose strength this season has been defensively and that sees them lie in ninth place going into the game but they had not won in four games in all competitions going into the match at Mestalla. Valencia started strongly, pressing in midfield, and stretching the Espanyol rearguard. Promising youngster Carlos Soler was again given the nod in midfield and he had a shot cleared off the line after six minutes. A Gayà cross was pushed by keeper Diego López to Soler and his shot from the middle of the penalty area was cleared off the line by David López. The pressure counted though in the end as Valencia weaved their way through the Catalans’ defence with a succession of passes before Montoya gave the killer blow in front of goal. Voro had mentioned the importance of confidence as they look to move up the table and there was an air of belief as they moved the ball through midfield and gave Espanyol little to take advantage of. Keeper Diego Alves didn’t have to make a save until after half an hour when an Alvaro Vazquez drove a shot from the right of the area that the Brazilian gathered well but still it was a warning sign for the home side to keep focused. After the break the game continued in a similar style with Valencia probing the visitors’ defence. While they did link up well there was a lack of pace to provide the opening that was needed as Espanyol sat back deeply and offered little space. Munir did supply Soler on the edge of the area but his left-footed shot went over the crossbar. Valencia got their second though with Dani Parejo swinging in a free-kick from the left that may have gone over the line as Diego López clawed the ball away but in any case Mina was on hand to nod the ball home. Against the run of play Espanyol did grab a goal when Alves parried a fine Gerard Moreno header onto the crossbar and López knocked the ball in. Lineups Valencia CF: Alves; Montoya, Aderllan (Súarez 89mins), Garay, Gayà; Soler, Pérez, Parejo; Mina, Munir (Cancelo 67mins), Nani RCD Espanyol: Diego López; Reyes, David López, Duarte, Martín; Fuego, Sevilla (Reyes 69mins); Álvaro (Melendo 54mins), Jurado, Hernán; Moreno Goals: 1-0 Montoya 17mins; 2-0 Mina 73mins; 2-1 David López Referee: Sánchez Martínez. Yellow cards: Alves, Gayà, Soler, Parejo, Munir (Valencia CF) Copyright 2013-2016 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.