FULL SEASON UPDATE - (YES I'VE DONE ONE ALREADY)
Serie C Cup
Not a result I am proud of in the slightest, Pavia are one league above me, but should be a better result than that, disappointing.
We beat a Serie B team, Varese in a great game, fantastic result. A home game against either of the Serie B teams would have been great but alas not to be, Padova made the semi finals, Roma their most notable scalp.
Not the best start, we have 23 points to close down before we even start getting into the positives! 5 points from 5 games, although I guess we've beaten a team who will finish really low.
An improvement despite a really poor loss to Borgo to end the month, I'm happy with the contribution of Micchi here, the striker really showing his experience which is going to be vital. Still in the negatives! -8.
We fly into positive points as we find our scoring boots against San Marino among others, Virtus were 2 goals behind with 5 minutes to go, annoyed by that one. Some new signings in November too, Alessio Bandieri joins as first choice keeper as Rocchi hasn't been fantastic, but he is only young. Barry Tjeertes joins to strengthen the attack while Hans Rudi Brugger strengthens the defence. The big signing though, Robert Pires, need I say more?
Into the winter break with an unbeaten month, including the league leaders Alessandria. I would like to get off the bottom of the table though.
Still on the bottom, despite 3 decent results, and yet again goals are proving hard to come by, this looks like being an ongoing issue.
Suddenly, bang! Pires up front, and we're scoring. Right winger Felci continues his incredible season, just a loss to Treviso taints the month, as we move off the bottom by beating Lecco.
Borgo was a momentous game. We move out of the relegation zone and then smash San Marino with the seasons first hat trick to move out the playout zone.
It's Pires time? What else can I say. The guys a machine and has achieved something absolutely spectacular for this club. He's single handedly dragged us kicking and screaming, including the most stupendous performance against Mantova, into the playoffs, with a 23 point deficit. We were bottom just 12 games ago, and I was 1 defeat from the sack. Now could we win them?
Playoff Semi Final
Poggiobonsi have done well against me this season, and yet again I can't beat them, Pires is shut out by some great defence and it's left to my young starters to get us ahead, shame they came back!
To shut out Pires for 2 legs would have been an achievement to say the least, although I thought the writing was on the wall at 2-0 down just after the break. The Frenchman rallied the troops and we saw it through via his late composed finish, he really is something else.
I';m sure Mantova relished this encounter after the 8-0 drubbing just a few weeks ago, and Pires wasn't going to let them off lightly. Finally Serafini found the form I've been wanting him to all season and really happy with that, hopefully it can carry on into next.
Lets be honest, after the first leg, and as soon as we went 2 up at the break here, it was all over. 6-0 on aggregate there was no way back despite the attempts of Graziani, Pires won it in the same minute he saw off Poggiobonsi. Viva Pires!
League Table - tells its own story
Pires - the jewel among the crap
Felci also had a fantastic season, the right winger is attribute wise shocking, but stats wise wonderful
Our remarkable climb
How? What on earth? I love Robert Pires. He's absolutely blown the league away and will play again next season for the club. Somehow we've defied the odds. So thrilled with this team!
Edited by Foxo, 07 February 2012 - 11:02 PM.