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Balmont happy Lille back to winning ways

Lille midfielder Florent Balmont was relieved after his side won their first match in four on Tuesday.

The Ligue 1 club ended an average run of form with a 2-0 success against Toulouse, which came thanks to second-half goals from Marko Basa and Dimitri Payet.

The result lifted Lille back into the top half of the Ligue 1 table.

“We scored two goals, that makes things good ahead of our next match,” Balmont said.

“Now, we have two big games and if we can take four points from the two matches, it would be nice.

“We realise after winning tonight that we’re not so far away from our best. But it’s always the same, it is necessary to get a series of wins to gain a better position in the table and we hope to do it this weekend in Reims but it will be difficult.

“I already said I think we will have to fight hard to get there (near the top) this season. We cannot relax like we did against Lorient. Perhaps it was unconsciously, but we paid for it dearly, so I think this season we don’t have the right to make mistakes.”

Balmont has played in 15 of Lille’s 17 matches this season.

Wed 12 Dec, 2012
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