Pioli praise for persistent Inter

Stefano Pioli heaped praise on his Inter Milan side for their dogged determination in the 1-0 defeat of Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

Roberto Donadoni's charges were good value for a point until Gabriel Barbosa's 81st minute strike settled the tie.

After the game, a proud Pioli admitted that while his side under performed, they showed enough character to grind out the result.

He told the club's official website: "We weren't at our best today but we showed that desire, kept believing right until the end and got an important result.

"Every match we play is worth more than three points, because the teams around us are doing very well and it would be tough if we lost ground."

Pioli also praised Gabriel, while goalkeeper Samir Handanovic acknowledged the importance of the win having made a crucial stoppage-time save, ahead of another important game, against Roma next week.

The manager added: "I can only say that Barbosa has always worked hard, maintained the right level of intensity and been professional. He knows that he needs to take his chances and I'm pleased that he did that today, as did the other players that came on in the second half. His goal was great, especially from a team perspective."

Handanovic said: "It's always great to get three points, but it's maybe an even better feeling today because we didn't have the same level of intensity as we usually do.

"So, we were even more thrilled with the win. Having played so many games, it's normal to be a bit worn out. In that context, the win means even more."