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Fonseca: “Roma could’ve won by five or six goals”

AS Roma, Lecce, Paulo Fonseca
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Paulo Fonseca felt AS Roma could’ve won by a much bigger margin after narrowly overcoming Lecce 1-0 in Sunday’s Serie A encounter.

Roma, who lost 2-0 to Atalanta last time out, returned to winning ways at Lecce to help ease the pressure off head coach Fonseca.

The Giallorossi were undisputedly the stronger team and created a number of potential scoring opportunities. However, they were poor when it came to finishing them off and entered the break goalless.

Edin Dzeko, though, eventually rose to the rescue by heading home a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross in the 56th-minute.

The Bosnian striker’s fourth league goal of the season proved to be enough for Roma to take home the spoils despite Aleksandar Kolarov’s late penalty miss.

Although it couldn’t quite take away the feeling of what might’ve been for Fonseca had his squad been more clinical.

“It is always important to win this type of match. We put in a good performance, controlled the game and created many scoring opportunities,” the Roma boss told DAZN.

“We missed the penalty too, but I think the lads worked very hard.

“We know that our approach means we’ll always allow chances to the opposition, but today we could’ve won by five or six goals.

“Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini played well, it was important to keep a clean sheet. I don’t think the system is as important as the dynamics of the team and the movements. I like the way this team moved today.”

Roma move up to sixth-place in the Serie A standings on 11 points from six games this season.

Fonseca’s side will now head out to Austria next Thursday to take on Wolfsberger AC in a Group J Europa League match.

AS Roma, Lecce, Paulo Fonseca
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