Habib Beye, who has taken off his big parka, falls into the arms of his staff and his players. This Monday evening at the Francis Turcan stadium, the Red Star, who had been beaten on the last day by Avranches at Bauer (1-2), achieved a big blow, both accounting and psychological, by winning (2- 0) at the leader Martigues.
In the standings, if Martigues remains leader (40 pts) ahead of Concarneau and Versailles (39 pts), the Red Star is back up with now 38 points. In addition, he still has a game late, on March 28 against Paris 13 Atletico in Charléty, to play. Eleven days from the end, here he is more than ever in the race to find Ligue 2, four years later…
Already dangerous in the first period on a failed duel from Ndoye against goalkeeper Martégal (15th), then from Benali (37th), the Red Star made the difference in the second half. Damien Durand, left on his left side, first scored his 5th goal of the season (0-1, 53rd), then Kemo Cissé sheltered his team (0-2, 89th).
“We are still far from being there”
“We did exactly the match we wanted to do, welcomes Habib Beye. You had to be brave, show personality and hold the ball. After the defeat against Avranches, I took my share of responsibility. There, we managed to reproduce the logic that we had worked on, to hurry them, to get them high. Martigues is a very good team. They deserve like us to be at the top. »
The Red Star will have to continue on Friday at Bauer against the relegated Le Puy. “It’s the seventh time we’ve been broadcast on Mondays, we’re used to it… But I like Canal +, smiles Beye (consultant on the channel). But as I said before this match, nothing would have been over if we had lost in Martigues tonight. So even if we won this match, nothing is done yet, we are still far from there. »
He concludes: “We know that it will be very difficult until the last day, unless a team makes a big series and escapes. You will have to be regular. It can happen to lose from time to time. But as I said to my players, it is important not to lose twice in a row in this Championship, as Versailles has just done. In terms of numbers, like Nancy or Châteauroux, they are nevertheless 100 times more armed than us or Martigues…”
MARTIGUES-RED STAR: 0-2 (0-1).
Goals. Durand (53rd), K. Cissé (89th).
red star : Butelle – Doucouré, Homawoo, Kouagba, El Hriti (Dieng, 86th) – Dembi, Ifanoui, K. Cissé (Macalou, 90th + 4), Durand (Ikanga, 79th) – Ndoye (cap.), Benali (Fall, 85th ). Entr. Beye.