Davide Ballardini and Mauro Boselli are “super-happy” at beating Sampdoria in a result the Genoa fans desperately wanted.
The rivalry in the Derby della Lanterna was cranked up a notch this evening, as the 2-1 win puts Samp in the relegation zone.
“It was not a great derby in football terms, as we were both too tense,” said the Coach after a 97th-minute winner.
“Above all in the second half there was too much tension and haste, so we didn't play the way we wanted to.
“The fans deserved a more entertaining match, but it certainly wasn't easy considering what was at stake.
“We are super-happy with the result, even if we know that we can do better.”
Boselli came off the bench to score the last-gasp goal and spark huge celebrations in the Grifone stands.
“It is such a strong emotional moment for me,” said the striker on loan from Wigan Athletic.
“We just wanted to win the derby, because it is a game that means so much to the fans. Even if they have been critical of us, we always fought t give our supporters the victory.”
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