By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Got promoted last season, started the season with a heavy 4-1 defeat to Genoa, followed by a 2-0 defeat to AC Milan and another 4-1 heavy loss to Sassuolo then held Juventus to a 1-1 draw and another 4-2 defeat to Cagliari, Crotone secured just a point in it’s first 5 Serie A games and another one point in their next 5 games. Crotone starts to life in the topflight was very tough as they were able to amass only two points from possible 30 in their first 10 games.
They had to wait till their 14th league match before winning their first game and it was a hard-fought 2-1 win against Parma and when we thought that’ll be a turn around for them, they got humiliated in the next game 6-2 to Inter, the team that officially send them to the Serie B tonight.
Seeing them struggle from the start, it would’ve been a miracle should they had survive the drop but they gave their all just that their best wasn’t enough to get them a place in the Serie A next season but in all of these, one man stood out for the team, shouldering the responsibility of helping the team escape the drop, his name, Simy Nwankwo.
26 games played, coming up seven times as a substitute, a total of 2633 minutes on the pitch, 55 shots taken, 29 on targets an average of 1.98 per game, Simy Nwankwo have so far notched 19 goals in the league with 4 games left and it’s not looking like he’ll stop there but all his efforts to win games for the team had met disappointment from his team’s lack of compartment at the defense.
Had it not been for the weak defense which on many occasions during the season gave up leads at dying minutes of games, Crotone would’ve probably be in the top 15 in the league but as it stands will have to rub shoulders with teams in the Serie B next season to see if they can get an immediate return to the Serie A.
With 34 games played so far, 5 wins, 3 draws and 26 loss, 20th on 18 points, 13 points adrift 17th place Cagliari and with 4 games left to play, Crotone have officially been relegated to the Serie B and with the last four matches to play will bid the Serie A goodbye which in Italian they call “Arrivederci”
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