Eusebio Di Francesco complained Cagliari “clearly came here looking for a point” and the 1-0 result in stoppages doesn’t reflect Roma’s performance.
“We could’ve scored a lot earlier, as Cagliari had their first shot on target at the 85th minute and clearly came here for a point,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“We pushed forward constantly and take these three very important points. I am happy when I see chances being created, while in defence we allow very little. We dominated the game, even though we weren’t as clinical as we’d like.
“Winning at the 94th minute means you had difficulty, but I don’t see it that way. We took the game to the opposition, the same way we always do.”
The new strike partnership of Edin Dzeko and Patrik Schick didn’t seem to work, while Diego Perotti saw his stuttering penalty saved.
“We play with three forwards, not two. Schick isn’t in the best physical shape yet, nor does he fully understand what I want from him. They don’t need to get married or anything, just play together and refine certain mechanisms.”
Di Francesco seemed a little irritated by questions over their lack of goals, having put just two past Genoa, Chievo and Cagliari.
“Well, effectively we only had 20 shots on goal today. With more determination, we would’ve scored earlier. I didn’t like our first half, but when you find an opponent that just plays the long ball game, it gives you precious few options. My wingers shouldn’t come so deep, as they need to create more.
“Perotti has converted many penalties and is one of the best in Serie A. Only those who have the guts to take penalties can miss them.”