Amiens SC gave their survival hopes a huge boost with a convincing 3-1 win over fellow strugglers SM Caen on Saturday.
Amiens SC 3-0 SM Caen
Amiens had not won in six games against their visitors, who started the game just a point and a place better off in 14th, but the hosts were determined to make their 400th match at the Stade de la Licorne a memorable one.
They soon seized the initiative. Moussa Konaté got on the end of a long cross, and headed intelligently back across goal - Bakaye Dibassy could barely fail to finish from close range and claim the first Ligue 1 Conforama goal of his career (20').
Ten minutes later, Amiens doubled their lead. Caen failed to clear the danger, and Thomas Monconduit's miscued shot turned out to be the perfect pass for Serge Gakpé, who promptly fired powerfully past Rémy Vercoutre (30').
With Caen, who had lost their last three league games, scoring just once, struggling to muster any sort of credible threat, Amiens held their opponents at arm's length before wrapping up all three points early in the second half with Konaté taking his Ligue 1 Conforama goals tally into double figures (53').
Gakpé would have added a fourth but for Vercoutre (55'), and though Regis Gurtner was called on to brilliantly keep out Christian Kouakou's shot (74') and deny Ivan Santini (79'), Christophe Pelissier's men again showed the sort of form that had taken them on a six-game run in which they had lost just once.
It is the sort of streak survival is made of, but it remains to be seen if this win will prove decisive for the newly promoted side, who have all of the top four to face before the end of the season. Caen face a nervous end to the campaign.
THE PLAYER: Moussa Konaté
A hand in the first goal and the starring role in the third, the Senegal international forward has been one of Amiens' many success stories this season. A ten-goal return for a maiden season in the top flight is a magnificent and deserved return.
THE STAT: 400
This was Amiens' 400th match at their Stade de la Licorne home.