That Hurts!By: Richard | December 17th, 2011
Matthieu Valbuena is going to give me a heart attack. His late game Rambo antics have yet again left me without a voice. While today’s win against Lorient was not quite as epic as the late one against Dortmund, it came damn close….
The match save for the last ten minutes was extremely disappointing for us. Lorient went down to ten men in the 32nd minute and automatically I assumed we had this in the bag. Yet the fish served to be ever stubborn as the only opportunities we really had were two free kicks from Valbuena that didn’t connect. What annoyed me particularly in the first half was how easy the Lorient players seemed to fall from little or no contact. I mean if guys like Valbuena or Jordan Ayew are bossing you around on the pitch, hit the gym.
The second half saw Deschamps switch Cheyrou in at the expense of Diarra adding a bit more pace and attack to the midfield. Things finally began to heat up around the 50th minute when OM finally set their sight in goal. Yet Lorient still persisted as shots by Amalfitano, Cheyrou, and Remy were either ballooned over the net, deflected, or just fell short. Lorient keeper Audard sure had his hands full and things only got worse for the guy when he unfortunately stretched out his groin. I cant even imagine the pain of such an injury yet Audard soldiered on and stayed in the match.
The match looked as if it was heading to another scoreless tie until Innocent Emeghara once again exposed how fragile our defense truly is by outwitting both Nkoulou and Mandanda to give Lorient the lead. Going down 0-1 (76th, 0-1) whatever, but conceding to a team that only has en men, that’s just embarrassing. With the season hanging in the balance, OM finally put Lorient against the wall when Valbuena curled in a beauty of a shot that left Audard and the rest of Lorient dumbfounded (84th, 1-1). But did “Le Petit Vélo” revel and celebrate in his equalizer? Just a wave of the hand as to speed things up, after all there was still work to be done. The last ten minutes of the match Lorient did everything they could to hold on. Remy was unlucky with a header and Amalfitano had a rocket of a shot saved by Audard. Then in the final seconds of the match Valbuena was awarded a controversial free kick on the edge of the box. Somehow finding an unmarked Cheyrou who did the rest as he headed in the winner (94th, 2-1). Another great comeback another week where we keep ourselves in the hunt for glory!