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Alberto Malesani refused to focus on the scuffles that marred the end of Bologna’s 3-1 victory over Lazio.

As Bologna sealed a vital three points to ease away from the drop zone, coach Alberto Malesani praised his men for a great performance against high flying Lazio.

“The scuffle at the end can’t take anything away from our great performance,” he declared to SkySport.

“In football tensions sometime get heated but this is normal.

“The boys were still a little angry following the earlier foul on Ramirez and both sides let the tensions get the better of them.

“Aside from the incidents I thought it was a fairly played encounter.

“These are an important three points for us and give us even more conviction in our own ability.

“I have been forced to utilize a number of younger players following the financial difficulties of the club but the boys are showing a great character despite the troubles.

“The group has shown that the issues happening at board level aren’t affecting them and if we continue like this I am sure we can give the fans something to smile about.”

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