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Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot hopes his side can draw on the positive aspects of their weekend draw at Lorient to launch their season in earnest.

Les Girondins have endured a frustrating start to the campaign and had lost three in succession, including a 3-0 hammering at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, prior to last weekend's trip to Le Moustoir.

Things looked to be improving as they raced into a 3-1 lead inside 30 minutes but they were pegged back and forced to settle for a 3-3 draw that left them 17th in Ligue 1.

Nevertheless, Gillot felt there was something to build on, offering hope ahead of the midweek visit of Reims.

Gillot said: ``I think 3-3 was a fair result. We played well in the first half.

``Unfortunately the second goal we conceded just before the half-time whistle stopped us in our tracks a bit.

``At 3-3 I was worried we'd concede a fourth. Lorient pushed hard looking for the winner.

``That said, there were some good things to take out of the match.''

The bad news for Les Girondins was that midfielder Andre Biyogo-Poko suffered a fracture of the foot.

The Gabon international limped off early in the match with what looked to be a sprain but the injury has proved worse than feared.

He is due to have a pin inserted and is could be out for up to eight weeks.

Reims are in a healthier ninth position heading to Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Hubert Fournier's men are unbeaten since the opening day of the season and have drawn their last three games.

Reims came from behind for a 1-1 draw at home to newly-promoted Guingamp last weekend.

Reims had trailed after an Anthony Weber own goal but Nicolas de Preville levelled to preserve the unbeaten run and keep spirits up for a tough week which also includes a clash against leaders Monaco.

Defender Weber said: ``I was annoyed because scoring against Guingamp is hard and without the own goal we would probably have won.

``It was a shame but we will not be choosy because we could also have lost - Kossi (Agassa) made a super stop from (Mustapha) Yatabare.

``We were therefore pleased with the point and will prepare for our two major events of the week against Bordeaux and Monaco.

``We are still on an unbeaten run and we must continue to move forward.''


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