Hinschberger set for exit as Metz lose again
FC Metz coach Philippe Hinschberger's job is on the line after Ligue 1 Conforama's bottom club lost 2-1 at home to fellow strugglers Dijon FCO on Saturday.
FC Metz 1 - 2 Dijon FCO
Hinschberger had been given an ultimatum by club president Bernard Serin demanding an improvement in results before last week's trip to AS Saint-Etienne, which ended in a 3-1 defeat. So he knew three points were essential here, but Metz fell behind early on as Xeka's corner from the right was headed home by Dijon captain Cédric Varrault on his 300th top-flight appearance (10').
This was a meeting of the two worst defences in the division and Dijon conceded an equaliser on the stroke of half-time. Mathieu Dossevi, who had provided the assist for each of Metz's three previous goals, held up a cross from the byline on the right and Nolan Roux headed home his third goal of the campaign.
However, Dijon went back in front just four minutes into the second half. Chang-hoon Kwon won back possession high up inside the Metz half and fed Naïm Sliti, who got away from Fallou Diagne with a stepover before firing home low on his left foot from 23 yards.
Hinschberger's and Metz's misery was compounded when Diagne was sent off for catching Benjamin Jeannot with a knee in the backside (70').
THE PLAYER: Naïm Sliti
The Tunisian international attacking midfielder was picked up on loan from LOSC in the summer and has settled in well. The 25-year-old had scored or set up three of Dijon's previous four goals coming into this encounter and conjured the winner here to lift the Burgundy club six points clear of their bottom-of-the-table opponents.
THE STAT: 9
The number of defeats suffered by Metz in their first 10 games of the Ligue 1 Conforama campaign. They have lost 10 of their last 11 in the top flight and this was a fifth straight home loss for Les Grenats, equalling their worst ever run at home in the elite set in 1957 and matched in 2008.