Kabore Clanger And Millot Misunderstanding Compounds Marseille Misery
After some confusion and mix up before the game over the Marseille starting line-up, there was some confusion over the rules of the game from the referee and a lack of understanding on how to play football from Charles Kabore that led to another humiliating home display from OM.
Marseille dominated throughout the game and had came close with a few half chances, particularly Valbuena and Remy. However in the space of 1 minute, the two ‘star men’ contrived to ensure OM wouldn’t spend any of this weekend top of the Ligue. Millot began by waving away a clear shout for an OM penalty before Lorient broke away and Kabore fouled in the area giving away a penalty and picking up his 2nd booking to be sent off. If truth be told, Kabore had been clumsy all of the game, he could have easily been booked before then and could have also picked up another in between that and the sending off.
Aliadiere netted from the penalty spot despite vociferous protests aimed at the referee about his lack of penalty for OM. Between the goal and half time a number of possible bookings went unnoticed by the referee and Lorient, particularly Reale, should consider themselves lucky they made it half time with a man advantage.
If Baup had expected an instant reaction in the second half, someone forgot to tell the Marseille players. Poor defensive communication gifted the opportunities that led to Lorient 2nd and 3rd goals, and although Corgnet and Monnet-Paquet both did well, in truth they should never have picked up the ball in the positions they did.
Despite continuing to dominate possession, OM couldn’t carve out any clear chances. Valbuena had very few flashes of inspiration, Jordan went missing and Remy still looks well off the pace. Raspentino was given his customary cameo role, but surprisingly failed to deliver much in the 10 minutes he was given.
Marseille must now pick themselves up, dust themselves down and prepare for a tough trip to Bastia on Wednesday. Baup must seriously consider the defensive frailties the team show every game, and also look to improve the seemingly ‘fine china’ confidence that shatters whenever l’OM concede first.
Full report and highlights to follow.