Pepe Mel wasn't mincing his words after last night's performance. "It was a bad game for us overall and the first half in particular was disastrous," he told the press. "We couldn't string two passes together, we didn't match them for intensity and they won every 50-50 ball. It could easily have been 4-0 at half-time. We were a bit better in the second half, but it looked liked only one of the teams had something to play for. On Sunday we've got another game against a team playing for their lives and if we don't compete with the same intensity as them then we've got no chance. The only positive to come out of tonight is that our future is still in our own hands."
Just to confirm that he wasn't happy, the players got a half-hour lecture before tonight's low-key training session - not that they probably needed telling that they'd messed up. This isn't Sunderland.
"We're upset because that was a bad first-half performance," said Salva Sevilla. "We just weren't ourselves and they got ahead and we couldn't get the equaliser. We didn't pass the ball and use the wings like we can do, and we know if we'd done these things better then we would have got a different result."
Captain-on-the-night Nacho was more specific. "We went out with the idea of keeping things tighter and hitting them on the break, but we couldn't make it work in practice. In the second half the game was more even, albeit without clear chances, but the key was the first period. They beat us for attitude. They had a lot at stake but we should have come out with more intensity."
What's clear is that Betis badly missed their three injured players - Cañas, Nosa and Molina - with the latter in particular proving in his absence exactly how indispensable he is as a link between the midfield and his mate Rubén Castro. Hopefully he and Cañas, who no-one could ever accuse of lacking intensity, will be back for Sunday's visit of Zaragoza.
And for this game, the final home match of the season, the club are offering season-ticket holders the chance to buy an extra ticket for just €5, so we can expect another bumper crowd for the occasion. If the Pepe Mel rollockings haven't persuaded the players to buck their ideas up, perhaps the attention of 40,000 Béticos will.