Roberto D'Aversa lined up in a 4-3-3 formation as the coach handed loanee Roberto Insigne his first start of the season. The visitors started the game brightly, however despite Parma's early dominance it was the hosts who nearly took the lead, Brazilian midfielder Ronaldo rattled Pierluigi Frattali's crossbar with a freekick his namesake Cristiano would have been proud of.
Parma took a well deserved lead in the 21st minute, with a goal straight off the training ground, Jacopo Dezi's clever corner found Antonio Barilla lurking on the edge of the box, Barilla's neat finish left Benedettini helpless in the Novara goal as the ball found the bottom corner.
D'Aversa's side continued to boss their opponents and had chances to double their lead before the break, most notably from Scaglia and Calaio, however 0-1 is how the first half would end.
Novara had clearly been given a shake at half time as they came out a completely different team, Parma had a rocky 20 - 25 minute spell as their host pressed and pushed for an equaliser, with Federico Macheda smashing the crossbar this time with a powerful header, the calmness and class of Valerio De Cesare helped Parma weather the storm and restrict Novara to long range efforts from Sansone and Ronaldo. Parma would finally get their act together and gradually begin to gain control of the game again as they saw out the final stages to record their second win in a row,
Novara (3-5-2): Benedettini; Del Fabro (36' Golubovic), Mantovani, Chiosa; Di Mariano, Sciaudone, Ronaldo, Moscati, Calderoni; Macheda (61' Sansone), Da Cruz (76' Maniero). All. Corini.
Parma (4-3-3): Frattali; Iacoponi, Di Cesare, Gagliolo, Scaglia; Dezi, Munari, Barillà (60' Scavone); Insigne (66' Nocciolini), Calaiò, Baraye (83' Di Gaudio). All. D'Aversa.
Referee: Daniele Martinelli
Bookings: 37' Di Mariano (N), 39' Mantovani (N), 69' Da Cruz (N), 85' Calaiò