Bordeaux ease to win in Strasbourg
Girondins de Bordeaux continued their renaissance by giving new coach Gustavo Poyet a second successive win with a 2-0 triumph at RC Strasbourg Alsace on Saturday.
RC Strasbourg Alsace 0-2 Girondins de Bordeaux
Bordeaux had won their last two league games, beating FC Nantes and then Olympique Lyonnais in Poyet's first match in charge, and the confidence they had gained was immediately on show.
Kader Mangane lost possession carelessly to the tenacious Nicolas de Préville, who brought a save from Bingourou Kamara. Jérémy Grimm attempted to clear the loose ball, but only succeeded in smashing it off Younousse Sankharé - the former PSG midfielder happily watched the ball ricochet into the net (4').
The visitors would have had a second just before the break but for Kamara, who moved smartly to his right to cling onto a Malcom free-kick that had snaked its way through a crowd in front of the Strasbourg goalkeeper (45').
Eight minutes after the break, Poyet's men did score again. De Préville once more had a central role, teeing the ball up for Gaëtan Laborde, whose shot across Kamara beat the goalkeeper to nestle in the far corner (53').
Lala hits post
It was Laborde's third goal in five league games, and his second in as many top-flight outings. After a difficult season so far, the 23-year-old's fortunes seem to have turned with those of his team.
Lady Luck certainly seems to be smiling on Bordeaux, and she again bestowed her favours on them when Kenny Lala sent a free-kick beyond the grasp of Benoît Costil only for his effort to spiral to safety off a post (62').
Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, Strasbourg were unable to make an impact with the debut of Bordeaux's new striker Martin Braithwaite the only notable event when the Denmark international, formerly of his new club's Garonne rivals Toulouse FC, came off the bench in the closing stages.
THE PLAYER: Nicolas de Préville
The man picked up from Lille last summer is starting to look like he is settling in. After two goals in his last two league games, he had a hand in both Bordeaux strikes here, and could help his team salvage their season.
THE STAT: 3
Bordeaux have won their last three league games, a first this season and the first time they have achieved the feat since Weeks 32-34 last term.