STADIO PAOLO MAZZA (Ferrara) – Leonardo Semplici celebrated 200 games on the SPAL bench on Saturday afternoon as his Biancazzurri epitomised what they are to hold off Parma with 10 males to win 1- in Serie A’s newest Emilia-Romagna derby.

The Ferraresi came into round seven with just one particular win behind them this season, and their 5 losses marked their worst get started considering the fact that 1967/68, a campaign which ended in relegation.

Obtaining currently fallen to each Bologna and Sassuolo currently this term, the indicators didn’t bode effectively for SPAL coming into their third meeting with a fellow side from Emilia-Romagna but they have a tendency to get the superior of the Crociati when they cross paths, and so it proved once again. Semplici’s males won each meetings final season – three-two and 1- – but with their troubling run this season and their underwhelming streak in Ferrara on top rated of that, even these in the Curva Ovest could have been forgiven for arriving with a cloud of pessimism hanging more than them.

But if you have been to ask any one who’s watched this group frequently in current years to choose 3 adjectives to describe Semplici’s SPAL, you’d in all probability see fighting, aggressive and organised pretty regularly in the list of responses.

And that is precisely what they showed themselves to be from the off on Saturday. The hosts in no way permitted Parma to settle, receiving in their visitors’ faces and not letting them rest for a moment when they had the ball themselves, moving it about swiftly and searching to prove the Gialloblu backline.

Gabriel Strefezza had his attempts – wildly firing a volley back at the corner flag, scuffing a different into the ground and wide prior to fizzing a third just beyond the post.  The Brazilian went on to play a central part, with a different of his efforts getting its way to Andrea Petagna to open the scoring prior to he later took a dive and got sent off.

It was when SPAL went down to ten males that they showed their character even extra. For all Parma’s possession, the only likelihood they ever truly carved out saw Gervinho place the ball in the net but only due to an earlier offside that was spotted and flagged when the play had ended. Semplici had them organised to a T and they in no way gave an inch.

Two-hundred games is no imply feat, either. Semplici sits some distance clear of Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi as the longest-serving coach in Serie A.

He’s adored by the Ferraresi and with his contract set to run till 2021 it is really hard to see that remain ending anytime quickly.

Petagna, the excellent frontman for SPAL


There are not numerous strikers in Serie A who can place their weight about to the impact of Andrea Petagna. Considering that joining from Atalanta in 2018 he’s located a dwelling in Ferrara and Semplici’s techniques suit him extra than these of any other group he’s represented.

He’s hit top rated gear at the Paolo Mazza, and scored objectives like in no way prior to more than the final 13 months, certainly placing himself into Roberto Mancini’s thoughts, if not but breaking into his Italy squad.

With 20 objectives in 45 appearances – .44 per game – for the Biancazzurri, the 24-year-old has bettered the 19 initially-group objectives he managed in 139 appearances – .13 pg – spread across 5 clubs prior to getting united with Semplici.

Depth is not some thing SPAL have but if they can preserve receiving a tune out of Petagna then they’ll back themselves to survive for a different season in the top rated tier.