Sebastian Giovinco has voiced his dismay with the press' critical attitude toward him in the aftermath of Italy's 3-1 World Cup qualification win over Armenia on Friday.
The Juventus star was unable to make his mark in Yerevan, and was taken off for Stephan El Shaarawy on the hour mark.
However, the former Parma forward felt the criticism he endured after the final whistle was unjust, as he believes he was by no means poor.
"You are saying that I put in a poor performance? That's strange..." Giovinco told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"So when someone doesn't score a goal, he's put in a bad performance in your opinion?
"Scoring goals is apparently the only thing that matters, while all the other things someone does throughout a match go unnoticed..."
Italy sit atop of Group A with seven points from three games following Friday's results.