224: Pro Vercelli out of the Cup

1 February 2031
Vercelli, Italy

BadDragon continues to get lucky and strike opposition guilty of taking the foot off the gas. The Inter board must want to take their boss out back and give him a real thrashing following their abject performance in the TIM Cup. While BadDragon has proved that he can get results, there has always been a hint of luck about all of his victories and I for one don’t rate him as a manager.

~Toxic Bob, Belarus FM Sport 1

New Signings

Of course the other option open to me is to sign “Micci” on a free transfer! Why the hell not!

This lad is one for the future. He will be playing in the youth side for now.

TIM Cup 1st Round v Inter

The media has us down as rank outsiders in this TIM Cup match. I would have given us more of a chance if “Macho” was not away on international duty.

With Macho away, new signing “Stefotto” gets to make his first team debut today. We will miss “Macho”. And I realised I have not selected “Micci”! Damn.

Five minutes in we take the lead! Unbelieveable!!! “Curlz” is played through by “Roto” and he makes no mistake! What a start!

We only hold the lead for five minutes though. Their superior ball control presents Cano with a chance and he makes no mistake. 1-1 after ten minutes.

“Zo” goes close, drawing a save from the keeper before “Roto” puts us in front again. “Curlz” with the pass, and “roto” with a dainty chip over the advancing keeper. 2-1 to Pro Vercelli in the 22nd minute. That completes the scoring in the first half and we take an unbelievable lead into the break.

The second half starts in most dramatic fashion. We secure an early corner and after a goalmouth scramble, captain fantastic “Farina” bags his third goal of the season. 3-1 to Pro Vercelli.

“Roto”!!!!!!  4-1 Pro Vercelli!!!!! “Curlz” drifts out wide and sends in a teasing cross whihc is met well by “Roto”. His header beats the hapless keeper and we are three goals up!

Of course the scoring is not finished. Nicastro scores a header to make it 4-2 on 65 minutes. We just have to hold on and run the clock down. “Farnia” is forced off with injury with 15 minutes to go. He is replaced by “Bong” with “Tito” pushing up into the midfield.

Hat-trick for “Roto”! Once again “Curlz” fades to the left, the cross comes in and “Roto” heads home again! 5-2 Pro Vercelli!  I believe!

“Roto” has four! Pro Vercelli has six. Inter is out of the Cup! Take that! Injury time icing on the TIM Cup Cake! We are going through!

There is not much more to say apart from WOW! I knew that we could pull off an upset. But to put six goals past a side like Inter whose top four earners earns more than my entire wage budget.

What is even more telling is that we totally dominated them. I’m still speechless as I write this. Our next opponent is Serie A leaders Lazio. Easy, huh!

Injury Update

The only down side is the loss of our captain for six weeks with a broken arm. Very disappointing.

TIM Cup Quarter Final v Lazio

Lazio are a totally different kettle of fish and will be a tough nut to crack. I fully expect our run to come to an end today, although I am going to do my best to stay in the competition.

“Macho” is still on international duty, while the injury to “Farina” leaves us weak in midfield. “Vags” gets the nod over “Cosmo” for this game.

The first half fly’s by with no real chances for either side. Early in the second half “Roto” has two good chances but can’t beat the keeper. In the last 20 minutes they come back into the game, and finally bag a goal in the 89th minute through Gascon.

A disappointing end to a game in which we were competitive. To go down 1-0 to the best team in Italy is no disgrace.

The game was very even and maybe on another day we might have been able to secure a win. These last two fixtures have netted us almost 1 million pounds in revenue which will be a big boost to the club.

Team News

The takeover genie is back out of the bottle. How will this play out?

Serie B Match 22/42 v Spezia

Last time out against these guys we suffered a 2-1 defeat. Time for revenge.

I field an unchanged lineup for this match. “Macho” is on the plane and will be back for the next match.

We are underway in the pouring rain. A well worked move sees “Vags” surge through from midfield only to fire wide. “Lupo” fires in a cross which is palmed up in the air by the keeper and “Roto” nods in the rebound. 1-0 to Pro Vercelli after 23 mins. “Curlz” picked up a knock in the buildup and is replaced by “Tomaz”.

The lead lasts until the 36th minute when we lose Di Matteo at the far post and pay the price. Scores level at 1-1. We have a late goalmouth flurry but cant find the net so the half finishes all square.

“Lapo” is forced off with injury in the 54th minute, replaced by “Sadie”. Just as the game looked headed to a draw, “Degi” gets a free header from point blank range and finishes it with ease. Advantage Pro Vercelli at 2-1 in the 86th minute.

In the end we secured the victory, although it was tougher than expected.

We dominated the game and deserved the victory.

Injury Updates

“Lupo” is out for six weeks with a busted arm – our second such injury in a short space f time.

“Curlz” has a damaged elbow and will miss possibly two games.

Serie B Match 23/42 v Modena

Final game of the episode sees us square off against a Modena side which is a part of the chasing pack. A loss won’t change the pecking order but will see us dragged back into the pack.

“Macho” returns from New Zealand duty and starts. “Sadie” replaces “Lapo” and “Vags” pushes up to replace the injured “Curlz”.

Both sides have early chances however it is Modena who take the early lead from a corner. Poor marking at the near post proves costly as we trail on the 12 minute mark.

“Roto” goes very close and draws a couple of good saves. It is “Macho” who bulges the net with a composed finish on 18 minutes. That concludes the scoring in the half and we go into the break level at 1-1.

We concede at the death again. We lose track of Lorenzi and pay the price. 2-1 down in 86th minute. I try to mix things up but we don’t have enough time to get back into the game.

This is a hard result to take. The boys need to dig deep and come back stronger next time out.

We didn’t play well, and failed to control the match. There is much work for us to do here.

Results

We have had a mixed bag this time around. The difference between the high of the win at Inter to the low at Modena show that we still have some work to do.

League Table

I’m pretty sure that we have avoided relegation. Now we need to keep the performances up to keep the playoff place.

Next Episode

We have some tough fixtures coming up against 6th placed Salernitana and leaders Catania. The other matches should be less intense but as we just saw go game is a gimmie.

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