Lyon vow to bounce back in Bordeaux

August 13, 2006

LYON, France, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Five-times champions Olympique Lyon, held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home by Toulouse on Saturday, believe they will make up for it when they travel to Girondins Bordeaux next weekend.

'This negative experience will help us,' said France midfielder Florent Malouda, who scored Lyon's goal on 82 minutes.

Brazilian Fabinho equalised in injury time to deny the hosts a second victory after two matches in Ligue 1.

Lyon have four points and trail last season's runners-up Bordeaux by two points after they beat nine-man Lorient 1-0 courtesy of a Johan Micoud goal on the stroke of halftime.

'We will not lose in Bordeaux,' Lyon coach Gerard Houllier told a news conference on Sunday.

'We have lost the yellow jersey but it will give us motivation to get it back quickly.'

Brazilian midfielder Juninho believes Saturday's result is a sign Lyon must take nothing for granted. 'This season will be harder than we think,' he said.

Houllier added: 'There are players who have been training since early July and there are the ones who played the World Cup and are three weeks late in the training programme.'