Saturday April 9 2011
Montella hails Roma determination

Vincenzo Montella praised Roma's determination to get the points in Udine, especially captain Francesco Totti.

Antonio Di Natale had equalised at the 87th minute, but with the last kick of the game Totti turned in John Arne Riise's pull-back.

“After the equaliser it was difficult to find that determination to pour forward, but we did the same at Lecce and I'm very happy,” smiled the Coach after their 2-1 victory.

“We also risked losing this game and had two counter-attacks, but this is part of football and I am happy with the attitude of the players.

“Totti has accustomed us to great performances as a centre-forward, even if at the end for that goal Marco Borriello drew away two defenders. Francesco deserves all the credit for what he is doing at the moment."

There were also nerves on the touchline when Totti chipped the spot-kick over Samir Handanovic.

“I don't know why, but before the game I had an inkling we'd be given a penalty and Francesco would miss it. I didn't tell him that, though!”

Roma stepped up the pressure after the break, whereas last week their defeat to Juventus saw a good first half lead into a poor second.

“Unfortunately we hardly ever manage to maintain the same intensity and quality for an entire match, but when you see this determination in the second half, then it means the team spirit is there.

“It is very important that all the players are ready to do their bit, including those who come off the bench. They all work so hard and it is difficult for me to leave someone out.”