Far from being brilliant, often on the verge of breaking up, the VAFC nevertheless managed to afford the Dijon scalp to sign an almost perfect week. Five-point look back at the success not easily acquired by Olivier Guégan and his players at Gaston-Gérard.
The impact of the result:
From this week of VAFC, two readings can be done. That in terms of the game will not reassure a lot of people, as Valenciennes struggled against Bastia and was very close to the breaking point against Dijon. And then there is the statistical one that allows the Valenciennes to take a good breath of fresh air in the race to maintain. A draw against Pau, two victories against Bastia and Dijon, and here is VA with twelve points, with four units ahead of Amiens, play-off, and six over Dunkirk, first relegation. However, this last point should not make us forget that the players of Olivier Guégan got out of it by a mouse hole in Côte d’Or. Saved by a Lucas Chevalier gala, by the amounts but also by a high class goal from Mathis Picouleau, the Northerners took three points almost unexpected in view of the match and the scenario. But in view of the accounting situation so far, the staff and the players are largely satisfied with it, probably rightly.
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Player of the match:
Extremely solid throughout the meeting, Lucas Chevalier was involved on five occasions. Nothing could happen to the doorman loaned by the LOSC, saved twice by its amounts. After three starts, Lucas Chevalier has shown that he largely deserves his place in a Ligue 2 workforce. With 56 balls affected, he will also have been widely used by his teammates to revive from behind. A performance to salute.
The statement :
“We were rewarded for our many efforts. It’s a match where we had the opportunity to open the scoring. We were very solid, our goalie played a big game. We had the baraka and it feels good because the players deserved it. Taking seven points in a week is necessarily positive. Now we have to stay calm. I really liked our mentality and our state of mind to pull off this victory. We have to measure the performance of our team. Our goalkeeper was playing his second pro game, Ilyes Hamache his first as a starter, Mathis Picouleau only arrived last year. Kaba comes out of a year of inactivity… ”
Olivier Guégan, VAFC trainer
The statistics :
237 – The VAFC had not chained two consecutive victories in Ligue 2 for 237 days. As a coincidence, it had already happened in a week with three matches since the Valenciennois had won against Paris FC on Tuesday January 26 (2-0) before putting it back four days later, against Dunkirk (1 -0).
The tweet of the match:
– Kris (@KRISTOTWEET) September 24, 2021