By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Giallorossi were coasting in the game after Francesco Totti grabbed the lead and even saw Sampdoria's Enzo Maresca get sent off in the second half at the Stadio Olimpico. Unfortunately, they could not consolidate the win as Stekelenburg failed to collect a cross from the right allowing Gianni Munari to tap in an easy goal in the second half.
Zeman refused to point the finger towards his custodian, however, and stated that the team should take positives from the game.
"These things can happen in football and I am happy with the performance of my team," Zeman told Sky Sport Italia.
"We had done very well in the first half and unfortunately a mistake from the goalkeeper meant we conceded. It can happen and Stekelenburg is doing well overall, so there is no reason to suggest he won't start the next game.
"After that, though, we were unable to play with our heads. We should've tried to draw Sampdoria out to then find space.
"We created several scoring opportunities, but with another goal we could've created more space to hit the Blucerchiati. We started just throwing the ball forward with hope.
"In any case, I have nothing to complain about my team's performance. We had more than 20 attempts on goal."
Zeman was slammed by Sampdoria coach Ciro Ferrara before the game and much of the focus during the match was on whether the two would make amends and meet one another amicably. Ferrara had stated that Zeman's outspoken comments in the media have needlessly raised tensions in Italy and during the match, he refused to shake hands.
The Roma coach was unhappy with the incident and stated that Ferrara should not have spoiled the moment: "As I am older, it was Ferrara's duty to come to me."
But Ferrara replied that it was not an obligation that he agreed with and said: "My parents taught me that you welcome a guest to your home. Marassi is my home, I was a guest at the Olimpico. I was absolutely ready to shake hands with Zeman, as this is the civilised thing to do."
Roma next visit Juventus on Saturday while Sampdoria have an equally tough outing against Napoli at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.