Mar 17, 2013 at 2pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
3-2
AtalantaAtalanta BC
Cavani (4' pen., 64'), Pandev (81')
Behrami (44'), Insigne (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Cannavaro (31' og.), Denis (73')
Giorgi (3'), Lucchini (30'), Denis (84'), Bonaventura (88')

Walter Mazzarri proud of Napoli response

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri react during the match against Parma on January 27, 2013
© PA Photos
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri hails the mental strength of his squad after they edged Atalanta this afternoon.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has declared that his side showed strong resolve to keep their faint title hopes alive against Atalanta this afternoon.

Despite two goals from Edinson Cavani, the score was deadlocked at 2-2 until the latter stages at the San Paolo when Goran Pandev struck a crucial winner with his first goal of 2013.

Mazzarri believes that Napoli must maintain their focus in the final eight games and look to second place as a minimum expectation.

He told Sky Italia: "Atalanta barely went past the centre-circle, but unfortunately we pay for every mistake that we make at the moment. The lads were afraid and during the break I urged them to shake off the outside world and think only of the football.

"With the great strength of this group, we were able to bring home the victory. Goran Pandev needs a good pitch to give his best and he benefited from it today. I am happy he scored, as he had been very unlucky recently.

"We are not already thinking about the game with Milan. We had the same discussions before the Juventus match and then we dropped points against Udinese and Sampdoria, so we have to take it one game at a time."

Mazzarri's men are two points ahead of Milan in third and meet the Rossoneri next month.

Napoi's Edison Cavani celebrates his goal against Parma on January 27, 2013
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