MADRID (AFP) – Former Arsenal winger Carlos Vela scored a hat-trick to give new Real Sociedad coach David Moyes a winning home start in La Liga with a 3-0 victory over Elche on Friday.
Former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes had seen his team draw 0-0 at Deportivo in the Scot’s first game in charge last weekend.
Any worries he had over his home debut at the Anoeta stadium were eased after just three minutes when Mexico international Vela found the target with a powerful header.
Vela made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark with a calm, incisive finish following a superb Xabi Prieto ball and he completed his hat-trick eight minutes into the second half by stabbing into the net at the far post after latching onto a Carlos Martinez pass.
Vela now has five goals for the season while the win, just a third in La Liga for the San Sebastian side, took Moyes’s new charges into 12th place in the table.
“It was a good match for me, but the most important thing was that we won,” said Vela.
“The win has given us peace of mind and confidence for the next matches. It will boost our morale as we move forward.”
Meanwhile, Moyes admitted he was “very happy” after overseeing his maiden victory as Real Sociedad coach before criticising the Spanish referee for what the Scot suggested was excessive zeal.
Mexico forward Carlos Vela netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 home win for the Basque club against Elche on Friday which lifted them to 12th on 13 points from as many matches.
“I’m smiling because we’ve won and I’m very happy but I want more,” Moyes, whose side were held to a 0-0 draw at Deportivo La Coruna in his first game in charge last weekend, told a news conference.
“I thought there were some small signs of a little bit of improvement, which was good,” added the former Manchester United and Everton manager.
“We had a special player and a special talent in Carlos Vela, who scored goals which made a big difference.”
Friday’s game at the Anoeta was refereed by Carlos Velasco Carballo, who came under fire at this year’s World Cup in Brazil for his performance in the hosts’ 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-finals.
“I thought his tolerance level was too low,” Moyes said.
“I think this is a game of men and it is also a physical contact sport.
“Nobody wants to come and see soft free kicks. People want to see strong people, they want to see people stay on their feet, they want to see the referee allowing challenges to go.
“So I thought his tolerance level was very low. I thought the referee against Deportivo was very good but I thought tonight, with three bookings I think in 27 minutes, it was too easy to book players, too easy.”
Sociedad’s next outing is a King’s Cup last 32, first leg encounter at third-tier (Segunda B) Real Oviedo on Thursday and they play at Villarreal in La Liga the following Sunday.