221: Pro Vercelli’s form dips

30 November 2030
Vercelli, Italy

A run of disappointing results sees the leadership of BadDragon come under scrutiny. The 41 year old New Zealander has been performing better than expected however his resent results have been less than stellar.

~Joel Salizar, TVA FM Sports

The grind continues into November. We just need to keep focused on the next match. We can’t afford to look too far ahead.

Serie B Match 13/42 v Triestina

First cap off the rank is 18th placed Triestina. They have injuries to two of their top goal scorers which augers well for us.

I choose to field an unchanged line-up for this match. In all honesty, with the exception of “Mazza”, “Borto”, “Zo”, “Cosmo” and “Vags” there is no competition for places.

The game starts slowly and there is no real chances created in the first half hour. “Pizzo” has picked up a knock and is signalling to come off, replaced by “Borto”. On the stroke of half-time, that man “Macho” strikes with another of his special free kicks to give us a narrow lead which we take into the shed.

The lead didn’t survive long into the second half. Our defenders lost Dorio and we paid the price. Scores level at 1-1 and we have to begin again. “Macho” found the net but was judged offside.

With ten minutes to go we suffer disaster. Motta heads home as we fail to deal with a corner. Can we salvage something from the game?

For the first time this season we did not dominate a game. We were definitely second best today and so our unbeaten run stops at seven games.

Somehow “Macho” got man of the match in a losing effort. I guess this was bound to happen at some stage.

Injury Update

One bit of good news is that “Pizzo” should be fit for the next match after suffering a dead leg.

Serie B Match 14/42 v Sorrento

Next up we face Sorrento, who last time out upset Parma 3-1. Given how poorly we performed last match, this will be an important match to assess the character of the side.

“Macho” is off swanning the globe with the New Zealand national side so “Zo” gets a chance to impress. “Vags” comes in for “Tomaz” who has been struggling for goals.

The game starts slowly, only to explode into action on the ten minute mark. “Vags” takes the ball wide and finds “Zo” in the area. The first shot is saved but “Zo” puts away the rebound to give us the early goal. Chances fall to “Zo” and “Curls” which require a good series of saves from the keeper. “Curlz” looks to have scored but is judged offside. In the end it remains 1-0 at the break.

Once again we switch off immediately after the break. The first shot strikes the post and Mione pokes home the rebound with “Micci” nowhere to level things up at 1-1. “Curlz” has been ineffectual and makes way for “Tomaz” for the final 18 minutes. “Cosmo” replaces “Degi” to bring some life into the midfield. We almost give the game away as we fail to deal with a corner, however in the end we hang on and take a point.

This goes down as points dropped, and in a most disappointing manner. I certainly let the team know that I expected better from them moving forward.

To be fair we made most of the play in the match, however our finishing let us down again. The medical staff indicate that “Roto” is close to recovery and may be available for the Parma match.

Transfer News

 

 

This youngster has been on my radar, and I decided to swoop on him with a view to bring him into the squad in January. “Bong” will be joining the team in January.

Serie B Match 15/42 v Parma

This is the big one! The game I have been looking forward to all season. There is something grand about taking on a team with a name as big as Parma. The fact that it is 4th v 5th adds extra spice.

As expected “Roto” is available and has been thrust into the first team squad despite being a little short of a gallop. “Macho” also returns following his New Zealand commitments.

Diallo rattles the woodwork.

And we are off! Parma take the game to us and we survive a scare as Diallo hits the bar on 9 minutes. That proves to be the only highlight for the game and the game goes into the break level 0-0. The second half has been similar with no action at either end to speak of. “Roto” and “Macho” have been aweful so are hooked for “Vags” and “Tomaz” with 20 mins to play. They made no difference and the game finished in a tame 0-0 draw.

It’s sad that the game didn’t live up with the buildup. Easily the worst game of the season for us. Very disappointing indeed.

We edged the stats but still have to count this as points dropped.

Serie B Match 16/42 v Padova

We have had a bad run of late, so this trip to Padova brings extra pressure on us to get a result.

Only one change made sees “Borto” in for “Tito” at the back. Interestingly we face off against former Liverpool player “Nika Kika” who I sold to Padova in 2027 and ex Newcastle Jets player “Scruffy” who I sold to Fiorentina in 2021.

We pile on the early pressure with nothing to show for it. Finally “Degi” delivers the finish to put us in front. 1-0 to Pro Vercelli in the 9th minute.

“Roto” gets his name back on the score sheet with a sweet chipped finish in the 24th minute. Looks like the goals are back! “Curlz” goes close and “Roto” misses a sitter as we continue to pile on the pressure. Half time sees us go in with a solid 2-0 lead. The second half starts with an all action period which sees chances at both ends. Poor finishing from both teams sees no change to the scoreline and it finishes with the half-time score intact.

A win brings the win-less streak to end at three games.  I’m happy with the result as it puts an end to a tough run.

“Macho” puts in a good performance and picks up player of the match.

Results

Only five points out of a possible 12 is not great. Still we are picking up points.

Table

Strangely we are still in 3rd place, although Salernitana have a game in hand.

Next Episode

The cup match is next, followed by a match against second placed Bologna.

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