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03 May 2013

Palermo on the road

The Sicilian outfit have recorded just one win from 17 away fixtures this season, achieving ten of a possible 51 points

The Sicilian side have struggled when playing away from the Stadio Renzo Barbera, notching up one win, seven draws and nine losses from 17 fixtures, a record which has yielded just ten of a possible 51 points.

Throughout the campaign, a consistent problem has been defensive solidity and concentration right at the death as the conceding of late goals on their travels has often cost crucial points.

Palermo’s season on the road kicked off in the worst possible fashion as they travelled to Rome and fell victim to a Miroslav Klose double and a solitary strike from Antonio Candreva en route to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Lazio.

The Rosanero also returned empty handed from their following two trips, faltering in the dying stages on both occasions. In Bergamo against Atalanta, Cristian Raimondi powered home a decisive headed effort from a corner kick with two minutes remaining. Three days later, Pescara’s Vladimir Weiss cut inside on his right foot and lashed home a superb curling effort from 25 yards out four minutes from time. Following this defeat, Palermo had slipped to bottom of the table after achieving just one point from their opening five games.

The fourth trip of the season saw the Sicilians chalk up their first point on the road of the campaign. Luigi Giorgi put the visitors in the ascendancy early on in the piece, but his effort was cancelled out by Marco Borriello soon after the interval to ensure a share of the spoils.

Following a goalless stalemate against current relegation rivals Siena, Palermo’s next away fixture took them back to the capital, where they were once again handed a three-goal defeat, this time at the hands of Roma. Josip Ilicic did manage to net a consolation eight minutes from time, but the final scoreline was a resounding 4-1 in favour of the Giallorossi.

After suffering a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Bologna, the Rosanero then travelled to Milan to lock horns Inter at the start of December. They were unfortunate to leave without a point as Santiago Garcia turned into his own net in the latter stages after his side had resisted admirably for almost 75 minutes. This defeat spelled the beginning of a fifteen-game run in the league without victory that stretched right through to March.

Having rounded off 2012 with a 1-1 draw at Udinese, Sannino’s men again paid the price for a lapse in concentration in the closing stages, this time at Parma’s Stadio Tardini. After trailing for most of the second half, Igor Budan restored parity five minutes from the final whistle. However, former Bianconeri striker Amauri netted a last-gasp winner in injury time to conclude proceedings with three points for his side.

Following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Napoli, Palermo then made the trip north to Sardinia to square up against Cagliari. Ilicic put the visitors in front on the half-hour mark but the travelling Rosanero faithful once again had their hearts broken as Thiago Ribeiro denied them the full three points.

After recording draws against Chievo (1-1) and Torino (0-0), Sannino’s men were tasked with travelling to face a resurgent, in-form Milan side. Mario Balotelli condemned the visitors to another loss on the road as he converted a spot-kick early doors and then doubled his personal tally midway through the second half.

After a fifteen-game wait, the Sicilians finally recorded their first away triumph of the season by achieving a 1-3 win over Sampdoria earlier this month. Steve von Bergen provided the initial breakthrough on 35 minutes, but Gianni Munari equalised just before the interval to take the teams in on level pegging. However, the visitors came out all guns blazing and within ten minutes of the restart had established a two-goal lead via Ilicic and Garcia.

A fortnight ago, the Rosanero made the short trip east to Catania and, after a heated contest, this time it was Palermo’s turn to net a decisive goal right at the death as Ilicic struck deep in stoppage time to cancel out Pablo Barrientos’ earlier effort.