Rennes squeeze past Nantes
Football 13 January 2019 22:51 GMT
France-Damien Da Silva thirteenth minute goal was the difference with Stade Rennes squeezing against Nantes for their fourth win in a row and move to within striking distance of champions league football.
Julien Stéphan Rennes coach said: ” (We feel) the joy and the satisfaction of winning this derby. The satisfaction of having seen a very strong team on values. For us it was essential, on this match, to answer present. Compared to Wednesday ( elimination on penalties in Monaco in the quarterfinals of Coupe de la Ligue ) , it was day and night.
“We did not always control the game, especially in the second half because technically we made the ball too fast to the opponent, but we managed it very well, I think.
“Nantes had one or two opportunities in the second half, but not that much either. We remained very solid, very supportive, well organized.
“We are delighted, it allows us to chain a fourth consecutive victory in the Championship, to reposition ourselves at the top of the standings and to be in an interesting posture before the match at Guingamp, which is another derby with a lot of commitment. “
Vahid Halilhodzic: ” (We feel) a feeling of sadness and frustration but I have nothing to blame my players, they gave everything.
“The cancellation of the goal disturbed us and immediately behind, they scored, it was a little shock for the team. Do we deserve to lose? I do not know.
“My frustration is also, apparently, that there was a penalty for us. The referee did not listen to the captain who asked to watch the VAR, and that is a lack of respect towards the club.
“Technically, it was not a high-quality game on our side, but we created opportunities and dominated. We were cruelly lacking in realism. This defeat is a stop, especially since it is the first home defeat (with him as a coach) that hurts, but you have to work even more”.