Nantes boss Antoine Kombouare rued his staff’s failure to attain a second purpose vs Lorient, which leaves them 19th, with Simon significantly culpable
Antoine Kombouare couldn’t disguise his disappointment after Nantes’ 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Lorient on Sunday afternoon, which leaves them second-bottom with eight video games to play.
The previous Paris-Saint Germain boss has masterminded a mini revival within the Pays de la Loire since changing Raymond Domenech in early February, with a latest 2-1 success over his previous facet in Paris particularly noteworthy, however the frustration at throwing away two doubtlessly helpful factors was palpable.
“We’re upset and pissed off however in comparison with the match towards Reims, we took a degree,” the 57-year-old remarked post-match. “The thought at half-time was to be extra strong and counter successfully to attain this second purpose, however we’re at present not robust sufficient to carry a lead or rating a second purpose.
“We had probabilities to make it 2-0, even within the second-half, we had some conditions however didn’t capitalise. There’s a downside at house, and we’re engaged on it. We’ve got a psychological fragility. We won’t get that second purpose.”
The dispiriting really feel after the sport at Stade de la Beaujoire was as a result of the truth that Nantes had been minutes away from shifting into 17th spot within the desk earlier than a unprecedented Armand Lauriente free-kick levelled proceedings with three minutes of regular time remaining.
Kombouare’s staff weren’t lower open with incisive play, slightly the factors slipped dramatically on the demise after holding on because the second minute of proceedings. Nevertheless, the sport ought to have been out of sight had the Canaries been extra medical…which underscores their coach’s frustration.
Moses Simon, the protagonist within the staff’s latest run that features victories over Angers and Paris Saint-Germain, contributed to the unhappiness on the closing whistle.
The 25-year-old has discovered the again of the web on three events because the managerial change in February and he ought to have made it 4 Ligue 1 strikes in six appearances on Sunday.
The primary of two presentable probabilities got here within the fourth minute: the place the stretching West African couldn’t beat Matthieu Dreyer from contained in the six-yard field. Having opened the scoring two minutes earlier, a second would have put the hosts in a extremely commanding place for the remainder of the sport…however they couldn’t prolong the lead.
Simon remained concerned, although, and missed one other alternative within the closing quarter of proceedings: this time opting to shoot from a extremely tight angle when passing to a better-positioned teammate within the centre was the cheap possibility.
Maybe, the arrogance that the Nigerian got here into the encounter with (he’d netted in two consecutive video games) meant the attacker was all the time going to strive that effort, his colleague bellowing “Simooooon!” in annoyance after the left-footed strike accentuated the West African’s poor decision-making in that transfer.
Whereas Kombouare’s troops have picked up 4 factors from their final two video games, together with the placing victory over a multi-talented PSG, they definitely might have picked up most factors.
The upshot of their 13th stalemate this time period (they’ve drawn extra video games than every other facet) leaves them second-bottom with eight video games to play however solely a degree behind Lorient, who might have levelled method sooner than Lauriente’s belter.
Despite the fact that Terem Moffi’s misses weren’t as gilt-edged as Simon’s, a rushed effort on the half hour ruined what would have been an earlier equalizer (the striker’s hasty effort was blocked) and his left-footed strike minutes after half-time narrowly went vast.
He wasn’t as culpable as his countryman in Nantes — and the late equalizer spared his blushes anyway — however Sunday’s clean now takes the 21-year-old’s run with out scoring to 6 in Ligue 1 and 7 in all competitions.
Given their struggles on the backside, Christophe Pelissier can ill-afford his high scorer’s ongoing drought, however he appeared optimistic after the stalemate.
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“Contemplating the circumstances, it is an excellent level. We equalized in a unprecedented method on the finish of the sport,” the Lorient coach said. “It was simply reward for what the boys did on the day. The consequence retains Nantes behind us, however the season is just not over.
“It’s good for morale. I do know we have now to take extra factors.”
With eight video games remaining, 5 factors separate 19th-placed Nantes from Strasbourg in 15th spot. The relegation battle in France is prone to throw up extra twists and turns earlier than the ends, and Simon and Moffi are prone to have an enormous say of their respective groups’ prospects of remaining within the high flight.