Saturday September 22 2012
Donadoni admires brave Valdes

Roberto Donadoni praised Parma midfielder Jaime Valdes for his courage when taking a stoppage-time penalty to hold Fiorentina.

Valdes had already seen one spot-kick saved, as had Stevan Jovetic, when he stepped up to earn a 1-1 draw.

“He showed great character and courage, as he went to take the decisive penalty after failing to convert another. I am happy,” said the Coach.

“It is always important that everyone who goes on to the field gives their all and at the end the results will come.

“Today we did not give Fiorentina many opportunities, even though they had a lot of possession. My lads had the right approach.

“In the second half we did well and Antonio Mirante’s penalty save on Jovetic gave us that extra push to fight back for the point.

“We have got to believe in ourselves more, though.”

Amauri and Raffaele Palladino made their season debuts as substitutes, but the latter lasted just 60 seconds before pulling up with a new muscular problem.

“It’s a shame about Palladino, he really is unlucky. We hope his injury is not too serious,” concluded Donadoni.

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