Chievo Coach Eugenio Corini was left with regrets after Napoli snatched a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo.
It was almost their second ever victory in Naples, the other being a 3-1 result in 2010, but Raul Albiol cancelled out Gennaro Sardo’s opener at the 88th minute.
“We went into a very difficult game with a great deal of courage and it’s reductive to say we just defended,” Corini told Sky Sport Italia.
“We had two or three good chances to double our lead, even if obviously in the second half Napoli pegged us back more.
“It would’ve been an incredibly prestigious victory, but it remains a very good performance. There was a handling offence in the Napoli goal, though probably an involuntary one. I was disappointed to be sent off at the end, as I didn’t understand why. I like to experience the game along with my players.”
Chievo have not won since December, notching up three points from the last seven rounds.
“In November the situation was dramatic, but now we are here fighting with the others for safety and they know it.”
The Flying Donkeys are also working to strengthen over the January transfer window, as Corini confirmed talks with Roma for Leandro Paredes.
“I’ve seen him a few times and he is a lad of great talent, even if he doesn’t have the right tempo for Serie A yet. We are watching him and the club will announce when the transfer is completed.”
Paredes is an Argentine player Roma have signed, but won’t register until next season, so will first loan him out for six months.