8 February 2019 - 11:15

STELLONE: “LET’S BEAT PERUGIA TO END BAD SPELL”

STELLONE: “LET’S BEAT PERUGIA TO END BAD SPELL”

Roberto Stellone has called on his Rosanero side to beat Perugia on Saturday to put an end to a run of three games without a win.

“Perugia are a young side – they play good football and will be a lot more rested than us because they didn’t play last time out,” said Stellone, speaking on the eve of the game. “They’ll be a lot fresher. But this Palermo team is packed with great quality and top players who want to come through this situation. They’ll be wanting to beat Palermo but we want to get the win to pull through this bad spell.”

Palermo were held to a 0-0 draw by Foggia last time out, but Stellone believes his side did everything bar find the back of the net at the Renzo Barbera.

“I don’t think we played with fear against Foggia,” he said. “We tried to get the win until the end. We ran a few risks in the closing stages because the lads had put so much running in and used up a lot of energy. If you look at the chances we had, the team certainly deserved to win. We’re not getting the rub of the green at the moment – this time last month we were having fewer shots on goal but winning games. It’s a tough moment and a lot has led to it being created but we need to make sure we pull through.”

Stellone went on to admit that his players need to start capitalising on the chances they create if they are to get back to winning ways.

“I believe that the job of a coach is to put the players in a position to express themselves to the best of their abilities,” he said. “Sometimes you have very few shots and score, and then there are games like the Foggia match when we had lots of shots and couldn’t find the net. It would be a lot more serious if we weren’t creating chances – we’d have to look at how we were losing our men, the personnel, the system, the tactics… Perhaps we lacked precision and their goalkeeper played well too. I don’t have anything to complain to the lads about.”

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