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Baup pleased with Marseille spirit

Marseille head coach Eli Baup has praised his team’s fighting qualities after they scored a late winner in their 2-1 victory over Bastia.

In a performance that kept the pressure on Ligue 1-leaders Paris Saint-Germain and helped Marseille pull away from third-placed Lyon in the battle for second position, Baup was left frustrated that his side’s cleansheet streak ended.

Bastia’s goal in the first minute of the second half ended Marseille’s run of 29 hours and 15 minutes without conceding a goal in Ligue 1 and Baup claimed it almost cost his team the three points.

While Marseille had copped a lot of criticism during that run for not scoring more than one goal in any of the seven matches, Baup argued he would have preferred the media’s focus on his team’s lack of scoring to continue if it meant they had claimed another cleansheet.

“We got a bit fed up that the only thing you were asking us about was 1-0 victories,” Baup said after the match at the Stade Velodrome.

“Well, I’d rather not have conceded this goal so early in the second half, it almost cost us but after that, we have kept on going, we wanted to score again and we got rewarded.

“In this game, we have really shown that we like to play, that we can get chances, and I think the crowd will have enjoyed the match.”

Saturday’s victory took Marseille seven points ahead of Lyon, who travel to Nancy on Sunday, and within six of PSG, who will host Valenciennes.

Baup claimed he will keep driving his players to fight for the Ligue 1 title in their final three matches.

“We are going to hang on to the podium whilst also fighting for the title despite the odds being against us,” Baup said.

“There are three games left, that’s nine points to play…I know it’s a bit early but I’m already thinking about the Toulouse game.

“We are going to play twice in a row at home and it’s never easy.

“So, we need to get ready for that game.”
Sun 5 May, 2013
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