Monday October 31 2011
Pioli: 'The road is long but I'm happy'

Stefano Pioli has praised the determination shown by his Bologna players this weekend, but warned that the road is still long.

The Felsinei have won three of the four games that Pioli has overseen since coming in to replace Pierpaolo Bisoli at the start of this October.

The latest of these victories was the weekend's 3-1 win over Atalanta, the Rossoblu's first home success since mid-February.

Whilst also seeing the team move from bottom of the League to a more comfortable 14th, Pioli is refusing to rest on his laurels.

"We must not delude ourselves. It was an important victory but the road is still long. [On Sunday] we faced a very strong team.

"It was important to return to winning at home. It was a tough game and we suffered a lot in the first half. I am pleased to point out the spirit and determination was certainly not lacking in Bologna."

Pioli, sporting some facial stubble for 'good luck', cited Marco Di Vaio's first goal in 16 appearances for the club as a key moment at the weekend.

"Di Vaio has unlocked, he is crucial for us. Similarly, [Gaston] Ramirez is improving, he is growing in every game. Now we have to think about the trip to Palermo. It is an important game against a team that has won every game at home."

The Coach refused to be drawn into talking of seeking revenge against the Rosanero for sacking him in late August before the League season had begun.

"In Palermo they are happy with their Coach and I happy to be here in Bologna."

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