Serie B 22/23: Venezia - Reggina postmatch

November 12, 2022

With new manager Paolo Vanoli making his debut on the bench, Venezia took an early lead and were the dominant side in the first half on Saturday afternoon, but with several more chances wasted the visitors Reggina were let off the hook, and they would ultimately come back with two second-half goals to take a 1-2 victory at Stadio Penzo in Giornata 13 of the 2022/23 Serie B season.

Venezia manager Paolo Vanoli and striker Joel Pohjanpalo spoke to the press after the match.

Paolo Vanoli:

“We have to learn how to handle moments of suffering, how to stay in the game when the opponent reacts. We need to work on this; fortunately we have the break to do it. We still suffer on the dribble, but today was a valuable opportunity to evaluate the team. In the first half, we showed a very good organization of play, we could have been nastier with a team such as Reggina which has certainly shown that it deserves its high place in the standings.

Let's go on our way, in the next fortnight it is essential to honestly assess our situation, to understand also why the substitutions did not work and why we lost our game structure as the minutes progressed, also losing in intensity. We have to fight to save ourselves, and understand that achieving this goal requires guile and a different mentality than we have had up to this point.”

Joel Pohjanpalo:

“Our first half was very good, and I think everyone can see that there is a desire to turn things around, even though we had only a few days to prepare for this game since the new manager arrived. Reggina is a fearsome opponent, to which we had to react with more courage in the second half, avoiding loose balls. We would have liked the three points today. We continue to suffer lapses in concentration in the second half, to which was added a physical decline, inevitable after running and attacking throughout the first half.

We need to be more careful on second balls and become aware that we are in the relegation zone, and we need to get out of it. I have confidence that the next two weeks will be crucial for all of us to pull out more determination, more guile, and turn the season around.”