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Girard pleased despite another loss

27 August 2012 02:08

Montpellier head coach Rene Girard has claimed his side played just as well as their opponents despite losing to Marseille 1-0.

Girard's team continued their poor start in defending their Ligue 1 title as Andre-Pierre Gignac's 77th-minute goal ensured Marseille went home with a victory.

Montpellier's head coach bemoaned his side's inability to grind out results during their form slump.

"We put in a lot of effort and we played as well as Marseille," Girard said.

"We made one mistake which happened at a bad time and we got punished.

"I don't feel angry about it but I'm disappointed.

"When you can't win those kinds of games, you have to try and not lose them.

"In this one, we weren't able to win and we lost and that's our problem."

Girard's counterpart Elie Baup agreed that the game was defined by errors as both sides struggled in the heat.

The temperature reached 32 degrees in Montpellier on Sunday and Baup revealed a change of tactics to focus on counter-attacks made the difference for Marseille.

"It was a tense game," Baup said.

"There was a lot at stake for both teams and there were a lot of technical mistakes on both sides.

"We decided we had to change and play simple and stay focused but maintain our organisation.

"It was not easy, it was really hot in the first half and both teams had trouble playing during the first half."

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