PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti refuses to criticise his squad after draw with St Etienne
Last Updated: March 18, 2013 10:57am
Carlo Ancelotti: Content despite draw
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to criticise his expensively-assembled squad despite watching them squander a 2-0 lead at St Etienne.
PSG appeared set to extend their lead at the Ligue 1 summit to seven points when a Javier Pastore strike and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty put them in complete control at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
But in-form St Etienne produced a spirited response which resulted in an Alex own goal and a Francois Clerc equaliser.
PSG did move five points clear of second-placed Lyon over the weekend following Remi Garde's side's shock 4-1 thrashing at Bastia and Ancelotti preferred to focus on the positives rather than dwell on their wastefulness.
The Italian told the club's official website: "I think it's a good result. It's not easy to win away to St Etienne. They are high on confidence at the moment.
"But we are a little disappointed because we were leading 2-0.
"We played very well in the first half and then things got a little tougher after the break.
"Perhaps that goal we conceded just before half time turned the game. It became a very physical match after that and we struggled a bit more."
Defender Christophe Jallet was not sure whether to be pleased or annoyed by the result.
He said: "We've got mixed feelings because we were up by two goals and we had the game under control.
"We sort of stopped playing and then we started sitting deeper and we handed the confidence back to this St Etienne side. They gave it everything and they managed to equalise.
"But we still added a point to our lead in the standings. But, yes, we are disappointed because we could have had all three points tonight."