Wednesday October 26 2011
Reja: 'Too many errors in front of goal'

Edy Reja admits Lazio's growing nerves in front of goal cost them the win against Catania, but has some words of support for Djibril Cisse.

Lazio missed the chance to move top of the League on Wednesday evening when a second-half strike from Gonzalo Bergessio cancelled out Miroslav Klose's 17th-mintue opener.

Talking to Rome's Il Messaggero, Reja reflected on his side's dominance of play, but lack of confidence in the final third.

"It is a real shame because we started very well, our opponents had more than a few problems in trying to contain us. Suffice to say in the first half we created five clear-cut chances but we scored only one."

Lazio registered 17 shots on goal, but only four found the target, with Reja admitting that there is an element of pressure growing on the strikers.

"Obviously you see that in front of goal we are a little anxious and perhaps we are too apprehensive. I regret this because for the number of chances created we deserved to close the first half with at least two goals.

"If this had happened then we would be talking about an entirely different game, but I don't think we did so bad, I'm sure.

"Sooner or later we will finally break through. I am very sorry because the boys showed great character, they wanted to win at all costs, to give joy to the fans.

"Instead, Catania took one shot on goal and drew the game."

Djibril Cisse is pulling focus for his score-less run with the side in the League. Since netting on his debut against Milan, the Frenchman has had over 30 shots across his next seven League appearances without finding the net.

"What can I say? I'm sorry because to me he seems very keen. I look forward to that run ending, for Lazio, but particularly for him, so maybe he can be more relaxed and take to training more peacefully.

"Maybe he is paying a little for the training and for having to play every three days, seeing that Djibril is one of those that never stops on the field.

"But then there is also the comparison with the Italian League. Here, we hardly leave you space to play, as he wants. He will recover and when it happens it will be a great thing for Lazio."

The Aquile's form has been stronger away from home than it has at the Olimpico, but Reja refuses to draw conclusions from this.

"I would not see a connection between the two. It is just coincidence, especially at this difficult time when we miss players and I would like to otherwise rest other players. Here is my greatest regret."