Sampdoria coach Mimmo di Carlo admitted relief after victory over Bologna.

Di Carlo had the sacking axe hovering over him going into the game.

"It was a difficult week," he declared to Sky Sport.

"Nevertheless, we managed to regroup and today the difference was there for all to see.

"This side still has some important attributes and I was delighted with the manner in which the boys showed their worth.

"[Massimo] Maccarone and [Jonathan] Biabiany played much better this afternoon and we will be relying on them to carry us forward in the coming weeks.

"Now our objective is to reach the 40 points mark and then we are aware that Sampdoria is a side that should and must be aiming to achieve something more."