Player grades and 3 things we learned
The Viola pummel the Grifoni as they regain 6th place with a match in hand
It wasn’t perfect, but let’s zoom out and focus on the larger picture here. Because the larger picture is good.
That was about as topsy-turvy a game as you could’ve asked for.
It was scrappy and imperfect and featured moments of brilliance and idiocy in equal measure. You know, a Wednesday for the Viola.
The Viola bludgeon the bottom-dwellers and have sole possession of 5th place in the table
The Viola weren’t good, but they were even less lucky. That’s just what it is sometimes.
The Viola play fearlessly and get rewarded with their biggest win of the season.
The quality in the Viola side eventually won out over a clearly outmatched Spezia in the Derby d’Italiano.
This time, the defense was pretty good while the attack stalled out. Sooner or later, they’re bound to put a complete performance together, right?
Guess who’s back, Dušan’s back, and Super Saponara shines in the Florence sun.
Spoiler alert: there are very few high grades here.
There’s no shame in losing to the league’s best team, but the how and why of that loss bear a slightly closer look.
The Viola showed no shortage of grinta in the kind of win that’s routine for good teams.
The end result wasn’t a shock, but the way it played out is quite educational once you get past the black cloud of rage.
The Viola machine chews up Genoa and spits out 3 points.
The Viola dominate against il Toro, and head into the international break with their heads held high
Despite the result, there’s plenty to build on here.
It’s weird trying to judge anything when the intensity level was sub-preseason friendly.
It’s all smiles after a massive win that all but assures a Serie A future for the Viola.
The Viola’s shambolic defending prevents a win, but the club still finds itself on the brink of safety.
A solid showing against the Evil Empire means almost everyone gets a decent rating.
Okay, so we didn’t really learn much. Let’s call it 3 things this team reminded us of.
The Viola continue their weekly search for new depths of inadequacy.
The Viola probably didn’t deserve a loss here but that’s life for a mediocre provincial side.
Why yes, a certain very large young Serbian man gets pretty high marks.
Do you remember fun? We sure don’t.
The Viola fall at the last hurdle and now are just 5 points clear of the drop
It’s not always easy to draw conclusions from yet another abject failure, but we’re going to do our best.
It’s fun, remember? The game is supposed to be fun.
There was plenty of useful, interesting stuff in this one as long as you ignore the scoreline.