Nîmes scored three times but did not beat Amiens on Matchday 8. Problem.
What they won on Saturday, September 18 in offensive efficiency (five shots, three on target, two goals in the first period), they who remained in two matches without scoring at Costières, the Crocos lost in defensive efficiency, their strong point until there. “Amiens is the first team to give us three goals”, noted Christophe Raymond at a press conference.
In his analysis of the match, Pascal Plancque’s assistant did not look for pretenses. “Even if we had won, we would still have been wary of this last quarter of an hour. It’s not rational to lead 3-1 and take waves like that… “, he noted.
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He did not forget to mention “a catastrophic start to the second period”, to report that Bratveit had “more stops to do” than Gurtner and to recall the penalty which could have been whistled – “I was really scared” – after Fomba’s tackle on the stirring Bamba (45th) as well as the post found by Badji (50th).
All this to say that even if their “good sequences”, in the first period and at the heart of the second, “lasted longer than usual”, the Crocs have “not had control over the game” and have “not outrageously dominated” this Amiens team which has achieved at the Costières stadium, according to its trainer Philippe Hinschberger, its best half (the second) since the start of the season.
Over 63% of aerial duels lost
“It is a valiant set, fairly complete and homogeneous, summarized Christophe Raymond, a typical Ligue 2 team with athletic density and the ability to play well, with strong elements like little Bamba who can create things on the spot. “
This physical density has greatly worn out the people of Nîmes – “We gave in on that” – when the Amiens, after the break, went to two attackers and jumped their midfield to lengthen the game and make the most of Badji’s size (1.89 m) then, above all, Arokodare (1.97 m) . In the air, they largely got the better of the Nîmes, winning more than 63% of the duels in this sector.
Echoes of the Crocs
Moving house. In the coming weeks, Nîmes Olympique will move its headquarters. Not very far, in the premises of the Agglo Nîmes Métropole which have just been fitted out, at the Coliseum. Rani Assaf was to sign the agreement at the end of the summer. While waiting to sit in the new stadium, by 2026 …
Carton. In addition to Delpech, Koné and Fomba, who now find themselves all three under the threat of a third card synonymous with suspension, Pablo Martinez, who will be suspended Tuesday for the confrontation against Paris FC, was also warned on Saturday, just after the Amiens equalizer goal.
“Defending well, that’s the message the coach conveyed at the break, also explained Christophe Raymond. But we have not been able to find the solution to prevent the opposing long game, at the source as well as at the fallout where we poorly managed the second balls. ”
“We were also caught inside the game while closing it is our usual strong point. The big regret is the second Amiens goal, which weighs us down and allows them to believe it until ‘at the end. The ass between two chairs, we did not know how to manage the last minutes, to have the right weapons to respond to the picard football hurray, we did not know how to switch to combat mode. “
If he wants to succeed in the complicated sequence that awaits him (Paris FC, Le Havre, Auxerre, AC Ajaccio), Nîmes, only one success in the last five days, will have to quickly learn to be effective in both surfaces. Otherwise, stupidly lost points may accumulate.