Bordeaux continue to fly under Poyet
Bordeaux made it four straight Ligue 1 Conforama wins as they beat Amiens 3-2 in a thriller at Matmut Atlantique.
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-2 Amiens SC
Whereas Bordeaux are flying and are now back in the race for fifth, promoted Amiens' fifth straight away loss deepened their troubles. Optimism reigns at Bordeaux now that they're up to seventh, their highest position since October.
Amiens defender Oualid El-Hajjam made a goal-line clearance to deny Gaëtan Laborde and Guessouma Fofana missed an open goal at the other end before the scoring feast started on 33 minutes when Jules Koundé's powerful header from a Malcom corner gave Bordeaux the lead.
Amiens were struggling in the air and seven minutes later Danish midfielder Lukas Lerager rose to greet a Youssouf Sabaly cross and double the home advantage. The points looked to be well and truly safe when sub François Kamano headed home another Malcom corner 13 minutes from time.
Having been timid going forward, all of a sudden Amiens were a team transformed and pulled one back within seconds as Steven Mendoza collected a Lerager backpass and beat Benoît Costil. In the 90th minute Gaël Kakuta headed in a Harrison Manzala cross to set up a grandstand finish.
As Amiens pushed for an equaliser they left themselves exposed to counter-attacks and after a long, driving solo run Kamano hit the post.
THE PLAYER: Jules Koundé
The 19-year-old defender has fast become a Gus Poyet favourite and his first Ligue 1 Conforama goal will have done him no harm at all in the eyes of the Uruguayan. Bordeaux may have conceded more goals in this game than they had in their previous five league matches in 2018 but Koundé looks like he's here to stay. Poyet has already told new signing Paul Baysse he'll have to be content with life as back-up to first-choice duo Pablo and Koundé.
THE STAT: 3
Gus Poyet is the first Bordeaux coach to win his first three Ligue 1 Conforama matches since Willy Sagnol in August 2014.