Poor recent results in pre season friendly games
Wolfsburg 2-0 OM
Well, OM were sadly very poor in this match and didn’t play well. Despite starting the match at full strength, things just didn’t work out. The Germans were far more ‘up for it’ here and for whatever reason Elie Baup’s men didn’t fire. Maybe the poor weather didn’t help matters, but there was still no excuse for such a poor showing. Wolfsburg took the lead in just the 3rd minute and should’ve extended their advantage before HT. They finally added a 2nd goal with about 10 mins left, no doubt who was the better team here so time to move on….
Parma 1-0 OM
OM played much better in this match, but still ended up losing. They pretty much dominated all of the encounter but were caught out late on by a counter attacking sucker punch move from Parma. What mattered more here though was performance, and there were far more encouraging signs. Still, its always nice to get a win on the board when you play well and OM ended up losing….
Sampdoria 4-3 OM
This was an absolutely cracking game of football but once again OM came out 2nd best. The main positive was that just like the Parma match, OM outplayed their opponents and were the better team. The negative was a terrible lapse of concentration midway through the 1st half and once again a late mental drift that allowed Sampa to win the game. Gignac gave OM the lead early on, but then Sampa scored 3 goals in the space of 5 minutes! They led 3-1 at HT but OM were soon back on level terms thanks to a quick brace themselves. Baup’s men had chances to go ahead but failed to convert and it was the Italians who won it thanks to an 85th minute strike. Once again, a lot of frustration here because OM played well but failed to get the win, or even a draw.
First Ligue 1 game, away at Guingamp
So OM have lost 4 of their 6 pre season friendlies, with the only victory coming against Ligue 2 side Lens. In terms of results, its not been the best of preparations for Elie Baup’s men, but performances haven’t been too bad at least. The most recent defeats should never have happened and I think some optimism can be taken into the first ligue encounter. OM faced newly promoted opposition in their first match last season too (1-0 win away at Reims), so they are used to this situation. For sure, ‘Gwengamp’ will be treating this fixture like a cup final though, so OM will really need to be up for the fight.