Thursday September 22 2011
Ficcadenti draws positives from defeat

Cagliari were unlucky to come away from Palermo with a defeat, says Coach Massimo Ficcadenti, who praised his players' response.

The Sardinian side fell to an early two-goal deficit, and then went three goals down in the second half before a late comeback almost saw them steal a point.

Ficcadenti saw his team slip from the top of the League, but took a realistic examination of that, and the Rosanero performance.

"We can accept a defeat at Palermo. Being first was a good feeling, and we lived with pleasure. However, we cannot forget that our reality if different, we should not win the Scudetto or get into the Champions League.

"On Sunday [against Udinese], we have a chance to redeem ourselves."

Ficcadenti then pointed to the early goals as proving costly to his team's chances on Wednesday night, and also lamented Alexandros Tzorvas' performance in goal for Palermo.

"Unfortunately, we have paid dearly for some ingenuity in the opening minutes, because overall we played a good game, developing our play and creating several scoring chances. We lacked a little determination in the beginning of the match and maybe a bit of luck in the end.

"Beyond the two goals, we created many opportunities to trouble Palermo, who at one point could not get out of their own half.

"I saw great intensity, and they wanted to catch up, and that juncture, the Palermo goalkeeper was decisive."

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