Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou feels it is vital the team show a positive reaction in tomorrow's Ligue 1 clash with Montpellier to the ``slap'' they received when they were beaten by strugglers Sochaux last weekend.
OM, who are currently third in the table, saw a run of four straight wins in all competitions ended with last Sunday's 3-1 defeat to 10-man Sochaux in heavy snow at the Stade Auguste Bonal.
Cheyrou hopes that serves as a wake-up call for Marseille - a point worse off than second-placed Paris St Germain and three behind leaders Lyon - ahead of the visit of reigning champions Montpellier to the Stade Velodrome.
``After a defeat, it is always a difficult week,'' Cheyrou told www.om.net.
``You always question yourself. Clearly conceding three goals against Sochaux, even in extreme weather conditions, is not good for us.
``It is imperative to rectify the situation and find the resources to respond.
``Sometimes it is better to take a good slap so you can react well.
``Now we are planning for this match against the champions of France and we look forward to it.''
Although they lost Sunday's away match, Marseille - who sold striker Loic Remy to QPR this week - have accrued more points on the road this term than at their own ground, failing to win in four of their nine home league fixtures.
Cheyrou is keen to see the issue addressed.
``We aim to win back our fans and, for this, one of the requirements is winning at home, at the Velodrome,'' Cheyrou said.
``Points at home have the same flavour as they do away, but we prefer to win at home, that's for sure.
``The fans are there in numbers, and we really want to provide them with good football, a good show and a victory.''
Regarding the threat posed by ninth-placed Montpellier, Cheyrou said: ``They may have been through a complicated period, but this team is dangerous and they have proved it in recent weeks (they have won four of their last five league games).
``We have to be up for it on Saturday.
``We know what we need to do. After the defeat of Sunday night, the reaction is imperative.''