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Brest v Lorient: Preview

Manager Landry Chauvin would rather live without the extra pressure of a Brittany derby, as Brest look to get back to winning ways against Lorient tomorrow night.

Christian Gourcuff's Merlus travel 80 miles north to the Stade Francis-Le-Ble in search of a first win in six outings, with the hosts winless in four.

Consecutive defeats at Lyon and Toulouse have done nothing to inspire the Brest faithful but Chauvin believes his men can provide reason to be cheerful with a positive result tomorrow.

``We know that this is an important game, we can't hide from that,'' he told

``After two consecutive defeats on the road, there is always a little bit of extra pressure on us to do well back at Le-Ble.

``We need to show the same maturity we have shown before, and concentrate, but we have the quality to take all three points against Lorient.

``The home support gives us extra strength and helps us go above and beyond.

``We know about Lorient's strengths and weaknesses and how we can exploit them, so we will make every effort to embarrass them and get the three points.''

Lorient boss Gourcuff is still reeling from two dramatic encounters, as his side responded to a 6-1 mauling at Valenciennes by salvaging a dramatic 4-4 draw against Ajaccio.

He told ``It will be another tough and intense game against a Brest team that is desperate for a result. But so are we.

``Our last match was an epic one against Ajaccio and we're all still under the spell of that second half.

``But we cannot forgot about the mistakes we made in the first half, or about our catastrophe at Valenciennes.

``I hope that we have learned our lesson and that we can approach this game with the required level of commitment.

``We are always looking to win points and it is a very tight championship.''

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