Malcom helping Bordeaux out of a muddle
Bordeaux aim to continue their revival when they head to Dijon on Friday evening in Ligue 1 Conforama.
Les Girondins scored their first win in eight as they saw off troubled Saint-Etienne 3-0 at the Matmut Atlantique on Tuesday evening with Alexandre Mendy scoring twice, either side of a Malcom special.
Relieved coach Jocelyn Gourvennec commented: "We'd done good things against both Marseille and Caen without getting our reward and now we've got the taste of victory again. What I liked, above and beyond the win in a game when a lot was at stake, was that the players played with freedom and were also rigorous in terms of the organization. At the end of the day the feeling was one of joy at seeing the team win again and seeing the squad rewarded for all their efforts."
Gourvennec expects an open game
The former Guingamp boss is expecting an open game in Burgundy: "Dijon are a team that like to play and now they now have Ligue 1 Conforama experience. They are dangerous, they attack and they give it everything. It will not be a defensive game."
Mendy seized his chance with Nicolas De Préville suspended to score his first Ligue 1 Conforama double and must be pressing hard to retain his starting place. The same goes for Jonathan Cafu, who played his best game for the club since joining from Ludogorets as he filled in for the banned François Kamano. Gourvennec had tweaked his tactics to a 4-2-3-1 with Valentin Vada playing in the number 10 role and it worked to perfection.
Mendy repays coach's faith
Mendy, 23, lived up to Gourvennec's words from before the Saint-Etienne encounter. Gourvennec said: "He listens to his coaches. He listens to his team-mates, especially the more experienced ones. His mentality is good and now he just has to get used to playing in the big league and to the demands of playing at the top level. He has a lot of assets and he's a complete forward. He needs to believe in himself more and when it starts to happen for him, things will really happen for him."
Dijon's run of four wins in five league games came to a halt at Amiens when they fell 2-1 despite Kwon Chang-hoon scoring another fabulous goal, the South Korean international on the scoresheet for the third game running.
Tavares: "We wait until we're behind to start playing"
Forward Julio Tavares believes he has pinpointed the team's problem. The burly Cape Verde international said: "We were led twice in the game and our problem is we wait until we're behind in order to start playing football. We need to fic that in the next game. The defeat at Amiens hurt us. The season is going to be long and difficult We are prepared for that but against a direct rival we owed it to ourselves to claim at least a point."
Dijon FCO: Reynet (c); Chafik, Yambéré, Djilobodji, Haddadi; Kwon, R. Amalfitano, Xeka, Sammaritano; Saïd, Tavares
Girondins de Bordeaux: Costil; Gajic, Jovanovic, Toulalan (c), Sabaly; Otavio, Lerager; Malcom, Vada, Kamano; A. Mendy