Round 11 was not one to introduce a neutral to the pleasures that are the Italian second tier, truthfully it was one of the worst 90 minutes I have experienced watching the division. This coming from a person who would defend the league to the ends of the earth.
In the ten matches that took place in the league last night only a miserly 14 goals were scored, eight of those came in the first half. While the first goal in the second half across all the matches was not scored until the 78th minute. That means there was a 32-minute period of last night in which no goals were scored, in ten separate matches. A statement that is as mind-boggling as it is impressive.
All this then leaves me with a bit of a conundrum as to what to fill out the rest of this piece with.
So…eh…what did everyone think of the Walking Dead season premiere, pretty mad stuff eh. I mean Glenn and the eye that was gruesome and Abraham, well at least he went out like a boss. The rest of the season should be interesting anyway.
(steps outside room, more shouting)
(Comes back into the room)
Well I’ve just got a bit of a rollicking off the boss, it SEEMS that I can’t just talk about The Walking Dead for the next 600 words or so and to use his words must talk about the F@*king football you absolute fool.
So, what then can we take from round 11 of the Serie B season. Well first off the bat, numerous managers will be beginning to squirm even more in their already burning hot seats as the danger of the axe draws ever closer. First up is Cesena who are said to be monitoring the positon of Massimo Drago. The Bianconeri currently lie a miserable 18th in the table with only one win so far this campaign.
Last night proved another one of misery for the suffering fans as they went down 1-0 at home to the high flying Virtus Entella. Much more was expected of Cesena this season and for them to be hovering around the relegation places at this time is truly unacceptable.
Another side who are playing far below expectations and thus heaping pressure on their manager is Bari. The Galletti simply have not clicked under Roberto Stellone and this was shown again last night when they went down to Novara, who themselves have been below par this year. The squad have thus been put into Ritiro before the weekends game, potentially Stellone’s last to turn it around.
Another who will be felling the warm breath of the board over his shoulder is Ternana manager Benito Carbone. His Rossoverde side are now second bottom after they lost 1-0 to Avellino, who themselves have just been awful this season.
For now, though it looks as if Drago at Cesena will be the man to win the sack race, but again that all could change after the weekend. Serie B is just that much of a fickle mistress.
Elsewhere around the division, Verona’s lead at the top remains five points even though they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Pisa. The main reason for that is that closest challengers Cittadella could only draw at Spezia despite having held the lead for basically 44 minutes of the match.
Meanwhile the teams occupying the play-offs remain the same but the order has been jumbled up a bit. Entella are now third but Spezia and Perugia have both slipped, Spezia because of the aforementioned result and the Grifone due to a 2-0 home defeat by fourth place Carpi.
Of the three managers mentioned above primed for the chop, only Bari have a match that you would expect them to win. The Galletti take on Pro Vercelli at home and if they fall to win that, Stellone would probably be expected to walk.
Drago and his Cesena charges make the tough trip to play Frosinone, a match I’m predicting will put the final death nail in his coffin. And Carbone, well his Ternana host Novara, who worryingly for him are seemingly picking up a bit of form.
Pisa are now without a win in five and have only hit the back of the net six times this year. Now the Neroazzurro do sit a healthy enough 11th in the table but recent form and lack of a prolific scorer may end up being causes for concern.
Speaking of concern, Serse Cosmi’s will have eased slightly after his Granata side picked up their first win of the season against Benevento. The Sicilians remain last but maybe this win will be the kick up the backside that they need to get motoring.
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Week 11 Results:
Spezia 1-1 Cittadella, Ascoli 0-0 Salernitana, Avellino 1-0 Ternana, Brescia 2-1 Vicenza, Cesena 0-1 Virtus Entella, Frosinone 2-1 SPAL, Novara 1-0 Bari, Perugia 0-2 Carpi, Pisa 0-0 Hellas Verona, Pro Vercelli 1-1 Latina, Trapani 1-0 Benevento