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Summary

  1. Adams' first game as Granada boss
  2. Granada seven points from safety with seven games left
  3. No Reo-Coker or Richardson in the squad

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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And with that, I'll bid you goodnight. It's a tough return to management for Tony Adams, as Granada are well beaten by a second-string Celta Vigo. Next weekend in La Liga, it's all about El Clasico, when the pressure will be on Barcelona. Can't wait for that. Thanks for your company as ever - see you soon.

Spanish La Liga

Here's the full list of results from La Liga this weekend - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all won yesterday. One more match to come, as fifth-placed Villarreal visit mid-table Alaves tomorrow night.

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Spanish La Liga

Two other results to bring you from La Liga today. Fourth-placed Sevilla continued to lose ground on the teams above them, drawing 0-0 at Valencia, while Real Betis climbed a couple of places to 14th by beating Eibar 2-0.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Leganes gave Granada a chance today by losing 1-0 at home to Espanyol. Granada couldn't take it. They look doomed.

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FULL-TIME

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Tony Adams orders his players to salute the fans as the final whistle goes. A chastening start for the temporary boss. That was a game Granada had to win to boost their chances of survival. As it is, they are now seven points from safety with six games left.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Ezequiel Ponce on one last sprint down the right for Granada, is blocked as Sergio Alvarez advances from his line to block. Then Wakaso Mubarak, by some distance the home side's best player, hits a 30-yarder that bounces awkwardly in front of the keeper, as he dives to his left to gather.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Three minutes of time to add. I suspect Tony Adams will want to put this evening behind him and get back home to watch Line Of Duty.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

And yet, in the closing minutes, Granada almost get a consolation. Hector Hernandez whizzes down the left and crosses low - Ezequiel Ponce diverts wide. Amusingly, Celta Vigo keeper Sergio Alvarez then makes an utter dog's dinner of the goal kick, slipping as he takes it and sending the ball dribbling about six yards. Because it fails to clear the penalty area, he gets another go. Ponce seems unhappy about this, gives the referee a bit too much grief, and is booked.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

I may be proved wrong here. But on this evidence, Granada will be heading down to the second tier come the end of the season. A Celta Vigo side with one eye, possibly both, on the Europa League are on their way to a pretty comfortable victory.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Let's bring you up to date with all the substitutions. Claudio Beauvue is off for Celta Vigo, replaced by the Dane Pione Sisto. Tony Adams has made his final two changes, bringing on Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga and Hector Hernandez for Andreas Pereira and Rene Krhin.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Sene's first contribution is to win another free-kick on the edge of the box in a central position, as he turns Gaston Silva, who clips him and is booked. Silva has the look of a man who has just been given a parking ticket. At least Granada survive this set-piece without the loss of another goal.

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Another Celta Vigo free-kick as Wakaso Mubarak brings down Jozabed, who is immediately replaced by Josep Sene. Claude Beauvue takes the free-kick this time, and it sails over.

It never rains but it pours

Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Granada have fallen apart. Theo Bongonda sprints away down the left and hammers in a shot that cracks off the near post, and falls perfectly for Claudio Beauvue to tap in his first goal since recovering from a long-term injury. Celta Vigo's reserves are running away with it now. Granada are suddenly feeling very sorry for themselves.

GOAL - Granada 0-3 Celta Vigo

Claudio Beauvue

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Diaz delight, Adams agony

Granada 0-2 Celta Vigo

But that might be the end of that. Celta Vigo win a free-kick 25 yards out, and Marcelo Diaz, the Chile international, hits an absolute beauty that clips the underside of the bar on its way in. Ah, Tony. Management's no fun sometimes, eh?

GOAL - Granada 0-2 Celta Vigo

Marcelo Diaz

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Granada are definitely playing better since I told that restaurant story. I think they've taken encouragement from my culinary hopelessness. Sverrir Ingi Ingason gets his head to a corner, it hits the hand of defender Facundo Roncaglia - though it's unintentional handball - and drops loose for Ruben Vezo to shoot towards the near post on the spin. Goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez gathers at the near post.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

And as I finish that long and unwanted diversion, things almost do get better for Granada as they hit the bar! Uche Agbo blasts one from 25 yards and it pings off the frame of the goal with Sergio Alvarez flailing.

The other point of my restaurant story is: Never let me make you soup.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Ezequiel Ponce turns and whips a 25-yard shot over the bar. It draws an 'ooh' from the crowd, but the goalkeeper is untroubled.

The point of my restaurant story is this: However bad things might get for Tony Adams at Granada, however many people may laugh at that training video on social media, there's no way he can be as bad at his job as I was in that restaurant that night. A small consolation, perhaps, but a consolation all the same.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Much better from Granada. Andreas Pereira connects sweetly with a low cut-back and drills a 20-yard shot straight at the goalkeeper.

So, my restaurant tale: At the end of the night, after goodness knows how many complaints, the restaurant decided to let me go. A few weeks later, the same restaurant advertised for staff in the local paper. And at the bottom of the advert, in very large font, was the phrase: 'Previous experience essential.' And I thought: "That's because of me, isn't it?"

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Chance for Granada. Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez bursts in from the left and crosses low towarsd Ezequiel Ponce. He cannot quite get there, and the defender puts it out for a corner, from which Sverrir Ingi Ingason loops a far post header over with the goalkeeper nowhere.

To continue my tale: I didn't realise until I got to the restaurant that I would be doing silver service. And I wasn't trained to do silver service. The result was an absolute calamity. Some people got desserts before main courses, and I served one person a bowl of soup with a tea towel draped in it.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo midfielder Marcelo Diaz is booked for a wild hack on Wakaso Mubarak. Team-mate Alvaro Lemos is booked for dragging back Andreas Pereira.

So, here's the tale. Years ago, when I was an impoverished* student, I got a Christmas holiday job working in a restaurant. This involved working on New Year's Eve, in the days when people still went out on New Year's Eve.

(*I say impoverished. I was basically sustained by the bank of mum and dad.)

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

This isn't going too well for Tony Adams at the moment. So I'm going to tell a story that might cheer him up a bit. Obviously, I'll keep describing any significant incidents in the game too.

Before I start the story: Granada defender Sverrir Ingi Ingason breaks down the right and delivers a cross that Sergio Alvarez, in the Celta Vigo goal, gathers. Then Ezequiel Ponce wins a corner for the home side. Nothing comes from it, but it lifts the crowd.

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Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Theo Bongonda lashes one into the stand when well placed on the left to add a second for the visitors. Granada battling just to stay in this at the moment. 

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Dave Wood: Somehow I don't think Nigel Reo-Coker & Kieran Richardson are going to be the answer here. 

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Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Tony Adams waves his arms on the touchline to urge his team forward. A Granada attack breaks down. The home fans groan. The drummer is still going, but at a slower pace now. It's more the percussion of a ballad than an uptempo dance hit.

KICK-OFF

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

And there indeed is the change for Granada. Kravets, the Ukranian, cannot continue, so Morocco international Carcela-Gonzalez is on in his place. Granada still have 11 different nationalities on the pitch.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Carcela-Gonzalez has been doing further warming up during half-time, so it looks as if he is coming on for Kravets. 

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Incidentally, Granada did not replace Artem Kravets at the end of that first half, even though Mehdi Carcela-Gonzelez was warming up to come on. A sensible decision; it gives them the half-time break to assess if Kravets can continue after suffering that awkward fall.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Granada had 42% possession in that first half. Now I know that West Brom frequently make do with less than that, but I'm not sure Tony Adams is looking to play the Tony Pulis way. Improvement needed.

Where's Gerald Sinstadt?

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

A colleague has just walked into the office. I mention I'm covering the Granada game. "Where's Gerald Sinstadt?" he asks. It's a gag that will make little sense to anyone under 40, but it amuses me. So here he is.

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HALF-TIME

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Whistles from the home fans. A tough first 45 minutes for Tony Adams. Granada had a couple of decent sights of goal, but Celta Vigo - with a second string line-up - had the better of that half.

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Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Worrying moments for the Granada defence again. Theo Bongonda charges into the penalty area down the right, and wriggles through the home tackles to set up Claudio Beauvue, but the French striker loses his footing and cannot get into a position to shoot.

There's a problem for Artem Kravets, who slips on the surface and seems to have done his ankle. He hobbles off.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

A bit of yellow card confusion here, as Granada's Artem Kravets clatters into Pape Cheikh with studs showing, and is booked. Now look back a few minutes in the timeline here, and you'll see I mentioned another booking for Kravets. Well, turns out that booking wasn't for the Ukrainian, it was for his team-mate Sverrir Ingi Ingason. So Kravets can stay on. Just as well, really. I wouldn't fancy Granada to get back into this with 10 men.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Chance for Granada. Uche Agbo sprints down the right and crosses low towards Artem Kravets, who may just get caught by the defender as he goes for it, though he doesn't appeal. The ball runs loose to Ezequiel Ponce, whose shot is deflected behind.

Andreas Pereira takes the corner, which is cleared to Gaston Silva, who blasts over.

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Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Granada forward Artem Kravets is booked, and looks baffled. I'm guessing he said something he shouldn't have. 

Wakaso Mubarak quickly follows Kravets into the book for a crunching challenge on Pape Cheikh. That yellow card is rather more obvious.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

While I try to think of other famous drummers (yes, yes, him from the Beatles), Granada's Andreas Pereira is bowled over by Pape Cheikh. Pereira whips in the free-kick from the left towards the near post, and Jozabed glances just wide , narrowly avoiding an own goal. The corner comes to nought. Stewart Copeland, that's another famous drummer.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

There's a drummer in the stand who has been giving it plenty all the way through this game. Honestly, he would put Phil Collins or Stephen Morris from New Order to shame. Does sound a bit like rumbling thunder, though.

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Granada have it all to do now. Ruben Vezo swings in a good cvross from the right towards Ezequiel Ponce in response, but Facundo Roncaglia gets in a terrific defensive header.

Then, from the next attack, Andreas Pereira tees up Wakaso Mubarak to shoot from 25 yards, but it's hit with a bit too much fade and spins away from goal as it rises.

A downer for Adams

Granada 0-1 Celta Vigo

Whatever defensive drills Tony Adams has done in training this week, they seem to have been forgotten. The build-up to Celta Vigo's opener is an absolute mess. Guillermo Ochoa races from his penalty area to head away a through ball, but then Wakaso Mubarak loses the challenge, and Claudio Beauvue slides through for Fulham loanee Jozabed to run in untroubled and dink over the keeper. It's a nice finish from Jozabed, but the whole thing seemed to happen in slow motion.

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