Sunday November 29 2020
Italiano: 'Spezia thoroughly deserved point'

Spezia coach Vincenzo Italiano maintains they ‘thoroughly deserved the point’ in a four-goal thriller away to Cagliari.

The Serie A newcomers are now unbeaten in three rounds and snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Sardinia with M’Bala Nzola’s penalty.

“I am pleased, because we showed improvements again today, especially in the first half,” said Italiano in his press conference.

Emmanuel Gyasi had put Spezia in front, but Joao Pedro and Leonardo Pavoletti turned it around in six minutes.

“We were expecting a reaction from Cagliari, but probably not quite that vehement, and we didn’t think we’d go behind. Having said that, we thoroughly deserved the point.

“We must learn that in Serie A you cannot take your foot off the gas for a single second. Perhaps unconsciously we did that after taking the lead, but I am pleased with the reaction to get it back on track.

“We seemed comfortable in possession and allowed too much in two situations where we could’ve done better. The good thing is that by continuing to take the initiative and work with the ball, we managed to earn this penalty for a good point.

“I am pleased with the performance, we have 10 points after nine rounds and can do much better at finishing off our chances.”