Crotone coach Giovanni Stroppa said Roma ‘deserved’ the 3-1 win on Wednesday and felt some of his players showed ‘fear’ against the Giallorossi.

Vladimir Golemic pulled one back a little too late for the hosts, after Borja Mayoral’s brace and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s penalty had given Roma a comfortable lead at half-time.

Crotone coach Giovanni Stroppa said Roma ‘deserved’ the 3-1 win on Wednesday and felt some of his players showed ‘fear’ against the Giallorossi.

Vladimir Golemic pulled one back a little too late for the hosts, after Borja Mayoral’s brace and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s penalty had given Roma a comfortable lead at half-time.

Stroppa said it was a shame Crotone couldn’t put more pressure on the Giallorossi in the second half but conceded that Roma deserved the win.

“Roma certainly deserved this result,” Stroppa said, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. “Especially in the first half, where we didn’t show character.

“Some of them played with fear and it infected the team. We could have done better than we did, while Roma seem to have scored three goals from three chances.

 “We reduced the deficit and it’s a shame we couldn’t make it 3-2. It would have been nice to give the match an awkward end.”

Crotone sit bottom of Serie A and next up is a trip to Hellas Verona on Sunday.

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