FRENCH LIGUE 1

Armand-Cesari-Furiani, France

Attendance: 12361

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Bastia

  • Anthony Modeste 11'
  • Wahbi Khazri 34'

2 - 1

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Lorient

  • Lamine Kone 31'

Bastia v Lorient: Preview

Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff says his players' flagging confidence was boosted by picking up three points last weekend and has demanded more of the same when they travel to an out-of-sorts Bastia tomorrow.

Lorient snapped a seven-game winless run with a solid 2-0 victory over Lille and now have their sights set on first back-to-back wins since early September.

Last week's match saw Lorient maintain their place in the top half of the table, and Gourcuff said: ``These were three very important points because we were in a situation that was beginning to be a concern.

``This was a victory that was good on a psychological level as well.

``It was imperative to have this kind of match against Lille.''

Looking ahead to tomorrow's encounter, Gourcuff added: ``The match against Bastia is a new test.

``Our recent matches away from home showed many shortcomings in terms of aggressiveness.

``Bastia is a team that puts in a lot of intensity and is also in a worrying situation.

``This is a meeting where there will be a lot of commitment and so far we have rarely been able to cope with this kind of opposition.''

Bastia coach Frederic Hantz continues to have a number of absentees to contend with as his side bids to bring a halt to a three-match losing run that has left them one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Defeats to Valenciennes and Lyon were followed by a comprehensive 3-0 reverse against Brest last weekend, while a red card for Francois Marque in the same match only added to Hantz's woes.

Marque joins Yannick Cahuzac in being suspended for tomorrow's match, while Ilan, Jerome Rothen, Sylvain Marchal and Gilles Cioni remain on the sidelines through injury.

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