Padraig Whelan Date: 4th February 2014 at 12:19am
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Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini admitted his side’s sluggish first half display was ultimately fatal in their loss against Sampdoria.

Although they did respond after the break and created more opportunities, the elusive equaliser never arrived for the Grifoni, leaving Gasperini filled with regret.

He told¬†Sky Sport Italia¬†after the game: “Certainly in the second half, we played the game that we wanted but we struggled in the first half to do this and a goal for us could have changed the game.

“In the first half, we made the wrong decisions in some situations and went too far wide although in the second half we did better but we regret the result and eventually we had all of our offensive players on the field trying to score.

“We know we cannot always play well but we did create a lot and just lacked the killer touch. In some things we must improve but we can do well for the rest of this season and my message to the players is always positive even in defeat.”