Troyes sink Strasbourg
ESTAC Troyes snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-0 win over RC Strasbourg Alsace on Saturday.
ESTAC Troyes 3-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
With a hosts of players absent through injury and having lost their last home game 5-0 to Olympique Lyonnais, it was no surprise Troyes came into the match somewhat tentatively.
Bryan Pelé could have settled their nerves early on, but shot wide after bursting clear (17') while referee Thomas Leonard could have done likewise had he pointed to the spot when Hyunjun Suk was sent tumbling by Yoann Salmier (22') instead of waving play on.
Monsieur Leonard did give the hosts a boost though when he dismissed Nuno Da Costa, who has been in such good form for Strasbourg of late, for a high, dangerous foot on Christophe Herelle (31').
Tristan Dingomé's long-range blast would have put Troyes in front but for Bingourou Kamara to claw his powerful shot away (39') and so Jean-Louis Garcia's men had to wait until after the break to capitalise on their man advantage.
Three minutes into the second half, Charles Traoré's cross was expertly delivered onto the head of Suk, who sent his effort beyond Kamara for his first goal in France (48').
The hosts did not have to wait long to double their advantage. Dingomé spotted the run of Samuel Grandsir on the right, and his cross was ideal for Saïf-Eddine Khaoui, who also opened his Ligue 1 Conforama account.
Victors at Nice in their last away game, Strasbourg were seeking a back-to-back triumph on the road in the top flight for the first time since 2007. After coming off the bench (62'), Jérémy Grimm sought to reignite the visitors' hopes.
A powerful half-volley was dealt with by Mamadou Samassa (71') before he then failed to get a shot away when well-placed as Strasbourg ambitions were thwarted - Idriss Saadi's header that found the crossbar in added time (90+1') confirmed it was not to be their day.
Another substitute, Adama Niané, might have added to the home side's lead, but lost his one-on-one duel with Kamara (89'), though he did not have to wait long to claim his third goal of the season - profiting from good work from Traoré and Grandsir to head home in the dying seconds (90+3').
THE PLAYER: Hyunjun Suk
The South Korean forward was replaced 12 minutes from time, but his job was already done by then. Athletic and tireless, he was rewarded with a first Ligue 1 Conforama goal, likely to be the first of many.
THE STAT: 1
This was Troyes' first league win in November in 14 attempts - they had last achieved the feat in 2005.