As the winter transfer window slams shut it has been an excellent first half of the season for The Millers. In the 13 league games since the last update we won 7, drew 5 and lost only 1 to leave us joint top of the league with 44 points. Marc Brasnic is top goalscorer in the division and we have conceded the least and scored the 3rd most in Serie B.
We are also, first the first time since I took over, in the black. Ettore Mendicino got his wish and was transferred to Verona for £1.2m and backup full back Roberto Masullo moved to Pescara for £230k. This income also allowed me to finally go on a coaching course so hopefully will see an improvement in my stats soon.
Unfortunately injuries have robbed us of two key players. Tosin Adarabioyo tore his knee ligaments and will be out for 4 months. Given the number of centre halves we have we should be able to cope with this one. More serious was Daniel Bezziccheri damaging his achilles tendon and his season is now over. This meant I had to delve into the transfer market, which I would prefer not to do in January. Samou Sissoko has came in on loan from Roma to replace Bezzy and we also brought in Kevin Collins, a young central midfielder, from Liverpool as I felt we struggled in there when Giulio Maggiore was injured earlier in the season.
The Italian Cup gave us two cracking games against top flight opposition. In the 4th Qualifying Round we faced Trapani and despite having a Dario Saric sent off after 59 minutes we managed to hold them to a 2-2 draw before winning 4-1 on penalties. The reward for this was an away trip to Turin to play the mighty Juventus. We were mighty in the game. 52% possession and 21 shots to their 16 in a frantic tie. Paulo Dybala had given Juve a first half lead before a quick fire double from Bezzy and Fabby put is in front. Juve equalised through Lemina before Bezzy picked up his season ending injury. We continued to threaten in extra time but Juve got a 113th minute winner to break our hearts. That’s a bit melodramatic as I don’t really care about the Italian Cup, a bit like everyone else in Italy, but it was still an impressive performance.
It’s back to the league and the push for promotion.