Nancy winless run continues
AS Nancy Lorraine remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table after drawing 1-1 with Evian TG FC in Annecy.
Evian TG FC 1-1 AS Nancy Lorraine
At least Jean Fernandez’s side got something from the game, though. They appeared to be in deep trouble at a bitterly cold Parc des Sports when they fell behind to a stunning Brice Dja Djédjé strike just before half time. The 21-year-old underlined his status as one of the most exciting young talents in the French game when he thrashed a long-range strike over Guy Roland Ndy Assembé and in from 25 yards two minutes before the break for his first goal of the season.
That was Evian’s first shot on target, and before that neither team had really looked like finding a breakthrough, although Lossemy Karaboué made a complete hash of a fine opening at the other end after being set up by Djamel Bakar. But with a one-goal lead at the break, Evian looked on course for a third win in four Ligue 1 games following their single-goal win at Rennes last weekend and their recent victory in Reims.
Nancy are a side desperately short of confidence just now, which is to be expected given their run of 13 games without a win in the league since beating Brest on the opening day. It is the worst run in their entire history in the top-flight, and has left them already staring at relegation unless they can produce a remarkable turnaround in form in the months ahead.
Their equaliser came just five minutes after the restart. Jordan Lotiès broke into the area and sent in a low cross that was left by Bakar but turned into the net by Yohan Mollo for his third of the season. He has been directly involved in more than half of Nancy’s goals, scoring or setting up six of the measly total of ten that the Lorraine club have managed.
A point hardly helps Nancy in their current plight, although things could have been worse for the visitors had Daniel Wass found the net rather than the woodwork with his shot from a dead ball inside the final 20 minutes.