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The Nerazzurri boss admits his team was poor during its second defeat to the Serie A cellar dweller, but he remains optimistic about his team’s chances this season.

Andrea Stramaccioni described Inter Milan's performance as "ugly" after the Nerazzurri were beaten 3-1 by Siena on Sunday, but he refused to make excuses for his side.

Innocent Emeghara opened the scoring for the hosts on 21 minutes, before Antonio Cassano replied almost immediately. Siena took the lead for a second time with 24 minutes played, though, and a penalty from Alessandro Rosina following a rash challenge from Cristian Chivu, which resulted in the defender being sent off, sealed the victory for the hosts.

"I’ve never been one to look for excuses and I’m not going to start now; it was an ugly defeat, full stop," Stramaccioni told reporters after the game. “We’re all at fault but I’m the coach, so I can’t be the one to hide.

“But thanks to this strange season we’re still in the hunt. I, for one, am not going to hide. I’m convinced that we can achieve our goals just the same."

The defeat leaves Inter fourth place in Serie A behind Lazio, Napoli and Juventus.

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