Slade laments late O’s collapse

Francesco Totti’s second-half strike earned Roma a 1-0 victory

over Serie A leaders Juventus on Saturday evening.

The former Italy playmaker unleashed an unstoppable winner in

the 58th minute to lift the Eternal City club within six points of

fifth-placed Inter Milan.

The result meant Juve’s five-point advantage at the summit could

be cut when second-placed Napoli host Sampdoria on Sunday.

In Saturday night’s other game in the Italian top flight,

Palermo moved off the foot of the table thanks to a 1-1 draw at

Chievo in a game of two contrasting halves at the Stadio

Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

The Rosaneri took the lead in the fifth minute through Mauro

Formica and it was a one-sided opening 45 minutes in which Palermo

failed only to add a second goal.

Chievo responded well in the second half, though, and equalised

through Cyril Thereau’s penalty.

Peter Hartley’s late header cancelled out Martin Rowland’s

seventh-minute penalty opener. Then, four minutes into five minutes

of injury time, substitute Luke James drilled in a low volley to

make it 2-1 to the hosts and complete the most unlikely of

turnarounds at Victoria Park.

“It’s a disappointing changing room for sure, it was in our

hands – we didn’t deserve to lose,” Slade said.

“We created chance after chance and paid the price for not

taking them. We were one up and, if they were going to score it was

a set-piece – they are hugely physical and we didn’t deal with

it.

“How did it happen? How do I know. We’ve not picked up, not

marked.

“There’s no easy way out of it. Hartlepool didn’t deserved to

win the football match.”