Leonardo Semplici admits “Empoli played better, especially in the first half,” so the 2-2 draw is “like a victory” for 10-man SPAL.
The hosts had gone in front after five minutes, been turned around to trail 2-1 and had Thiago Cionek sent off, but still snatched a point.
“It was like a victory,” confessed the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.
“We hadn’t approached the game in the right way, as we were too irritable and didn’t mark them closely enough. Despite all that, we still took the lead.
“Empoli played better, especially in the first half. We reorganised after the break and came out with a different mentality.
“Even after the Cionek red card, the team kept believing and we were able to get a point, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in order to improve.
“It’s a difficult road ahead, but I remain convinced we have what it takes to achieve our objective. If we’d had a little more strength, we could’ve achieved something remarkable.”