Attendance : 150 - Referee M. Thual, assistants Mme Moisan & M. Nicolas
Goals : A. Gomis (55) – Letouzé (19)
Booked : Sabin (14) – Marque (42)
Sent off : Sabin (75)
RED STAR 93 : Bruneau, Moreau, Santos, Guidali, Perron, N'Goma (Sissoko 50), Gomes Varela, Busuttil, Sabin, A. Gomis, Saïti. Subs : Anderson, Pendola.
Coach : J.L. Girard.
ABBEVILLE : Wilsch, Boutte, Coevet, Rezgane, Mukoko, Letouze, Hurray, Hecquefeuille, Grévin, Demoulin, Marque. Subs : Tassart, Delcourt, Peter-Les.
Coach: M. Albaldejo.
WHAT A WASTE OF TIME
After the game at Les Lilas, we thought that it could be just written off as one of those bad days. Unfortunately the problems have carried on into this week, and after another execrable performance, morale here at AllezRedStar.com is at an all-time low.
This, in a word, was piss-poor. If Red Star had played on until midnight there was no way that they were going to grab a second goal. Even less so, reduced to ten after the dismissal of striker Sabin, although thankfully not in a repetition of last weeks' Robert Gomis violence.
From the outset, however, it was obvious what was going to happen. Red Star tore into the visitors from the word go, there appeared to be a gulf in class between the two, one team fighting to avoid the drop, the other in line for promotion. But, as has become the case in recent weeks, there was no finishing power to match the approach work. Up frone Sabin was a complete disaster, failing to control the ball, woefully inadequate when shooting. Arthur Gomis wasn't much better, and although the normally exciting Gomes-Varela played out wide, something wasn't quite right. Soumaré, dropped one supposes after his reluctance to accept being substituted last week was missed - in recent weeks he appears to be the only one with a will to win.
Anyway, Abbeville opened the scoring with another comedy goal, just as Red Star were really getting to grips with the game. Bruneau at first made a fine save, but couldn't hold onto the ball, and neither Santos nor Rudy Perron could clear the loose ball, allowing Letouzé to fire home from six yards. Abbevilles' supporters behaved as if they had just won the World Cup - hysteria....
After that the match assumed the pattern that would continue until the final whistle - Red Star attacked, Abbeville defended. Red Star deservedly got back in it just after the break, when a corner was met by Arthur GOMIS, who found the bar with his header - the ball was judged to have crossed the line although Sabin made sure and pushed the ball over the line into the net (1-1).
With a quarter of an hour left, Sabin, who had earler been booked pushed an Abbeville defender aside, more in frustration than malice, and received his second yellow and took an early bath, thankfully without the histrionics of last weeks' sending off of Robert Gomis. Red Star now were never going to score, and certainly not with the hopeless Sissokho alone up front. The game petered out, a draw no real use to either side.
On the pitch, rubbish. Off the pitch, another example of the relations between club and supporters... this site tried to put up the www.allezredstar.com banner, only for the "club management" (Bras, we suppose) to send their heavies in to rip it down. We were told that we could show the "allezredstar" bit, but we had to hide the "wwww" and the "com". In the end, totally disgusted, we couldn't be arsed to put it up.
As was pointed out by a supporter, Bras took the club over when it was languishing in D4, so if he relinquishes control now, the club will be in the same position as he found it !
Second point, one has to wonder why one bothers watching this rubbish, a team of under-achievers in a rubbish stadium, with a permanent state of war between the club management and the hard-done by fans...
So bollocks, another weekend ruined and the election result on Sunday evening didn't help either...
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