The Nîmes had not won since November 22 before the victory against OM.


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  • Nîmes Olympique won against OM 2 goals to 1 Saturday afternoon for the 20th day of Ligue 1.

  • Good last to kick off, the Nîmes provisionally climb back to 18th place in the jump-off.

  • For trainer Jérôme Arpinon this feat against OM "could be a trigger" for maintenance.

At the Velodrome stadium,

A feat and it starts again?

Nîmes Olympique beat Olympique de Marseille 2 goals to 1, Saturday afternoon for the 20th day of Ligue 1. A first victory at the Stade Vélodrome since 1979 for the Nîmes who go back to 18th place, synonymous with play-off place , while they were dead last at kick-off.

The crocs had not won in the championship since November 22.

“It's a stop to a negative streak.

Winning against Marseille allows us to take three points from many teams because few will win here ”, savored Jérôme Arpinon at a press conference.

"It could be a click"

The Nîmes have been able to show character.

Dominated throughout the first period (Thauvin even missed a penalty), they managed to score two goals thanks to Eliasson in the space of three minutes (55th and 58th) just after the break.

“When I see that Thauvin is missing his pen, I tell myself that today is for us.

There are always little signs.

I wanted us to try to play, to bring out the ball, to try to put technical mastery.

It was good for confidence, when you cancel their pressing you put them in difficulty, they no longer defend in the same way, ”explained the coach.

Kamara's injury exit from 16th also helped them a lot, "when Kamara came out, I was happy," admitted Jérôme Arpinon.

Obviously happy to have triumphed against the dregs of humanity, but above all, let us not ignite ourselves.

Lots of inaccuracies, a lot of luck on our side and an unfair opponent.

Go Nimes: work, modesty, seriousness, concentration, we must continue.

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So many “little signs” and ingredients for a victory that could sound like a new start.

“You have to remain humble but it can be a trigger, the start of a little adventure.

We get our executives back, there was content against Lille (1-0 defeat).

Our experienced players are on the move, always with a smile, everyone wants to save the club and we see the result, ”he considers.

"I don't see myself going down"

An opinion shared by his striker, Moussa Kone: “It feels good.

Everyone knows that we are in difficult times, it gives us confidence.

We must continue this momentum and believe in ourselves.

We really needed to take these three points, we achieved this feat now we have to show that we are able to go for the maintenance.

We believe in ".

And Jérôme Arpinon is the first to be convinced of the maintenance of his team.

“I don't see myself going down, especially if we keep playing like this.

The group is extraordinary, there is a good understanding, all the players are united.

Everyone wants to save the club, and we are all united.

Even with this last place we kept smiling ”, he recalled.

The Nîmes will hope to keep those smiles during the next match against Lorient, scheduled for next Sunday at 3 p.m.

But it is still not sure to be played, due to the coronavirus which is currently affecting the Breton workforce.


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