Bologna vs Pescara preview - Morleo wary of Pescara backlash

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Posted Sunday, September 23, 2012 by PA

Bologna defender Archimede Morleo will not be taking Serie A strugglers Pescara lightly at the Renato Dall'Ara on Sunday.

Bologna claimed their first win of the season in style at Roma, rallying from two goals down to earn victory at the Stadio Olimpico, and a second in a row would see Stefano Pioli's men move into the top half of the table.

But Morleo is wary of a potential backlash from promoted Pescara, who have lost all three of their games since reaching the top flight.

He told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "The win at the Olimpico is in the past, and now we face a tough game.

"Pescara arrive on the back of the three defeats and are looking for a positive result. If they play at their best it could be even harder than the Roma game.

"I'm better defensively than I was last season, I'm still improving and I believe in myself.

"Pushing myself to do better is part of my personality."

Alberto Gilardino has impressed since joining Bologna on loan from Genoa and should partner Alessandro Diamanti in attack.

Defender Daniele Portanova is suspended but Cesare Natali could recover from a bout of flu in time to feature.

Pescara midfielder Juan Quintero is also doubtful due to illness, with Eugenio Romulo Togni and Simone Romagnoli on the sidelines.

Captain Emmanuel Cascione is calling for calm before the trip to Emilia-Romagna, with further tough tests against Lazio and Udinese still to come.

"We knew that it would be difficult in this league, also because we have a lot of young players with little experience at this level," he said.

"But we're improving and we played well against Sampdoria, creating many opportunities.

"Unfortunately, a few defensive mistakes cost us dearly, but that's how it goes."

Defender Antonio Bocchetti told Pescara's official website: "We want to go out there, perform well and get a good result.

"We're training hard and we'll give our all on the pitch."



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