Reactions after the match between OL and OM.
Juninho: We scored early but then conceded a penalty and missed several chances. The match was wide open, especially in the second half. Niang really hurt us.
Now we’ll keep working hard so we can win against Rennes, where it’s never easy to take all the points.
Christophe Galtier: That was a top-quality match, a great one to watch. Against a side everyone had written off. But we knew they had individual quality. And tonight, they also proved they have a collective quality, courage and self-sacrifice. We can’t reproach our players though, they gave everything for 90 minutes. Sadly, we committed several defensive errors, we let our balance slip and pushed forward too hard, leaving ourselves open at the back. We were also up against a great goalkeeper (Mandanda), who really secured the 3 points for OM. Our players gave it their all but it didn’t come off.
François Clerc: It’s a big disappointment. We knew OM was a good side and that this fact wasn’t reflected by their ranking. We lost a match despite starting really well. In the second half, we had some great chances but couldn’t convert. Their keeper made some amazing saves. We’re disappointed because we were on a roll. It’s a shame but we have to bounce right back.
Niang caused us a lot of problems. It’s always tough once you concede 2 goals at home to come back against a compact defence.
Alain Perrin: The disappointment is on par with what was at stake in this match and what we had hoped to get from it. We started well but experienced the cruel side of football: opening the scoring and then getting hit on the counter. Despite all the chances we created, we were up against an inspired keeper tonight. One point from a draw would have been nice. We don��t like to lose, but maybe we were suffering from having played so many matches. Many of our players were tired and we didn’t have the freshness we needed to convert our chances.
Rémy Vercoutre: We’re disappointed with the loss. We had hoped to do much better, but it wasn’t drive that was missing. We were very energetic. We’re disappointed but not beaten. We were up against a magnificent keeper who made the difference for his team.
I know a lot about Mamadou (Niang). Usually he shoots his penalties in the direction I dived in. This time, he went the other way.
Attributing this defeat to fatigue would a bad excuse. We failed with the final ball, but it doesn’t just come down to fatigue.