The Greens return to victory, the winning return of Boudebouz, the porous Angevin defense… Our Tops and Flops after Angers-ASSE (0-1).
Ryad Boudebouz at the service of the collective
Boudebouz’s return was good for the Saint-Etienne attack. Alongside Arnaud Nordin, the Algerian got between the lines to hinder the Angevin defense which had difficulty containing his opponent. His quality of passes and his vision of the game allowed him to shine on a deep pass for Arnaud Nordin (64th) which could have proved decisive if the young Frenchman had made the break. Absent during the derby against Olympique Lyonnais, Boudebouz is the undisputed leader of the Saint-Etienne attack in the absence of Wahbi Khazri (at the CAN with Tunisia).
Yvann Mason stirring
The Greens can thank their left midfielder. Author of a good performance, the young 23-year-old player managed to get the upper hand over his opponent (Jimmy Cabot). Throughout the meeting, he made his speed speak to overflow and send dangerous crosses into the Angevin area. It is he who is behind the opening of the scoring in favor of the Greens. After an overflow on the left side, his center low to the ground and deflected by Mendy in his own goal (43rd). Precious, he allows his teammates to return to Saint-Etienne with three points.
Timothée Kolodziejczak en patron
The captain showed the example on the lawn of Raymond-Kopa. Holder in the central axis of the defense, Timothée Kolodziejczak guided and accompanied his young teammates during the entire game. Clean raises, aggressive interventions, from the height of his 30 years, the Frenchman will have shown Pascal Dupraz that he can count on him to help the team stay in the elite. With 4 balls recovered, Timothée Kolodziejczak will have played a solid match. A performance to repeat at the reception of Montpellier for the next day of the championship.
Batista Mendy in the hard
An evening to forget for the central defender of the Angevin formation. Batista Mendy will have distinguished himself in this part… against his side. By unscrewing his clearance, he offered a goal to the Stéphanois (the only one in the match) just before the break. With ten lost balls (13), the young French defender lacked maturity. The experience of Dénis Bouanga and Ryad Boudebouz did not allow Mendy to return to his game. Several times taken behind his back by the Gabonese international Bouanga, Mendy still has a lot to learn this season. Errors to be corrected for future meetings.
Late wake up call for Angers
The Angevin coach Gérald Baticle will have to rack his brains to bring out a positive point in this meeting. Authors of a sluggish first act, Casimir Ninga’s teammates managed to raise their heads “a little” after returning from the locker room. Faced with a Saint-Etienne team who started defending to maintain their advantage, Angers began to produce play in the last twenty minutes. A late start to hope to put in difficulty the Greens in search of a reference match. With this defeat, Angers will not find the first part of the table.
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