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Garde defends beaten Lyon

Lyon coach Remi Garde has claimed his team’s 2-1 defeat to Sochaux on Sunday was ‘unfair’, arguing his side deserved more from the game.

Sochaux handed Lyon their second successive defeat in Ligue 1 with two minutes remaining at the Stade de Gerland, when Giovanni Sio showed strength to hold the ball up before cutting back to Cedric Bakambu, who burst into the penalty area to score the winner.

The result left Lyon in third position in Ligue 1, eight points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, but Garde denied accusations his team played poorly.

“We deserved the defeat we suffered against Bastia two weeks ago (when Lyon lost 4-1) but tonight, this defeat was severe, even unfair,” Garde said.

“Compared to two weeks ago, our team showed good signs.

“We narrowly missed some chances, we hit the crossbar and the goalpost, and referee’s decisions were not in our favour.”

Lyon had 61 percent possession against Sochaux and took 22 shots compared to the visitors’ eight but were unable to turn that dominance into victory.

Sio gave Sochaux the lead just after half-time with his header from a corner before Lyon drew level in the 68th minute thanks to a penalty from Bafetimbi Gomis.

The visitors took all three points and moved out of Ligue 1′s relegation zone thanks to Bakambu’s 88th-minute winner

With eight games of the league season remaining, Garde knows it will be tough to overhaul PSG, but he has vowed Lyon will fight on.

“I don’t want to be hard on my team tonight,” Garde said.

“We are going through a difficult period and despite this, we were not that bad tonight but our efforts were not rewarded.

“We have to continue along this path of progression, stay together and earn points in our last eight games.”

Mon 1 April, 2013
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