FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade du Moustoir, France

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Lorient

  • Maxime Barthelme 48'
  • Pedrinho 90' +1'

2 - 2

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Stade de Reims

  • Odair Fortes 6'
  • Gaetan Courtet 70'

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Lorient midfielder Alaixis Romao concedes his team are looking up after finally rediscovering their form.

A run of four straight victories without conceding a goal, and five wins in the last six matches, has propelled Lorient to fourth in Ligue 1, five points behind the leading tied trio of Paris St Germain, Lyon and Marseille.

Coach Christian Gourcuff's side will be expected to make it five victories in a row tomorrow at the Stade Moustoir where they face a Reims side without an away victory all season.

The sudden surge comes after a wretched run for Lorient in which they went seven league games without success, notably conceding 16 goals in a four-match stretch before a 2-0 home victory over Lille.

Explaining the upsurge in form, Romao said: ``When you put together several good results confidence comes naturally.

``The victory against Lille did us a lot of good because it came after a losing streak in which we conceded a lot of goals.

``We have since managed to be more consistent, something we lacked, and this has allowed us to move up the table.

``Now, with 30 points before the break, our goals have changed and are revised upwards. It is now up to us to be mentally strong to maintain this level of play.

``With 33 points it will mean a great holiday and be a wonderful gift to our fans.''

After sustaining a heavily sprained left ankle in last weekend's 2-0 win at St Etienne, midfielder Alain Traore joins a lengthy injury list for Lorient.

Also sidelined are striker Innocent Emeghara, midfielders Yann Jouffre, Rene Mulumba and Mathieu Coutadeur, along with defenders Arnaud Le Lan, Bruno Ecuele Manga and Lucas Mareque.

Reims go into the game on a run of 10 games without a win, including six defeats, stretching back to October 6.

Worse is their goalscoring record away from home as Reims have found the net just twice on the road in eight matches, with their last not for more than 540 minutes, and even then that was an own goal.

Reims' only away goal from one of their own players was in the fifth minute of their opening game on their travels this season, a 2-1 loss at Bastia on August 18.

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