Led for more than 30 minutes, the Ruthenians finally snatched the draw against Valenciennes, Saturday, November 21, for the 11th day of Ligue 2.
It had been weeks since the RAF had lost its identity in the game, in the way of approaching it, even if it meant losing itself and failing against Ajaccio, in a 1-0 home defeat just recently. “We have called into question the established hierarchy,” announced, ahead of the game of this Valenciennes-Rodez, the Ruthenian coach, Laurent Peyrelade.
Thing said and thing seen, Saturday night in the north of France, with a captain’s armband passed from Bardy’s arm to that of Sanaia. Evolution also in attack with a trio, Dembélé – Gueye – Kéréouédan, interesting. Finally, the Aveyron coach wanted to surprise his counterpart, Guégan, by playing on a resolutely offensive 3-4-3. “We must have intentions, be better, play the game, move forward.”
Finally, at the end of the 90 minutes of this game, this is what we saw. Yes, on Saturday evening, the Rodez present in Valenciennes was light years away from this Rodez of recent weeks.
There was, at the Hainaut stadium, an attitude, a game, risk-taking to present a match without regret to the point that Valenciennes spent the second half defending against an RAF better in his head. So much the better for all the Aveyron fans who were starting to ask real questions about the future of their team. In view of what we saw, Saturday evening, they can be reassured.
One goal per period
It was Valenciennes who opened the scoring with their first shot in the first half. Guillaume, well launched in depth by Elogo, had only to mystify the Ruthenian porter Guivarch (39). This period had seen an RAF a little too timid while proposing by, Henry, Douline and Bardy, some sequences of play suggesting a rise in power of the team in the second half.
It did. Thus, the Aveyronnais would multiply the scoring opportunities during the last 45 minutes of play. Henry was also present to save on his line the ball from 2 to 0 (63) before a header at the far post, Douline equalized (71). The RAF could have won in the last minutes.
However, the important thing is to have found a team on Saturday night. We must wish the latter that she has finally eaten her black bread and that she maintains in the future the intensity presented against Valenciennes.
Valenciennes 1 – Rodez 1
Arbitration by Mr. Thual, game played behind closed doors
For Valenciennes: Guillaume (39)
For Rodez: Douline (71)
VALENCIENNES: Prior – Cuffaut (c), Spano, Vandenabeele, Abeid (Pellenard 77th) – Massom, Diliberto, Elogo (Boutoutaou 77th), D’Almeida (Picouleau, 50) – Cabral (Chevalier, 64), Guillaume
Trainer: Olivier GUÉGAN
Warning: D’Almeida (13th)
RODEZ: Guivarch – Bardy, Dieng, Sanaia (c) – Henry, Douline, Boissier, Obiang – Dembélé (Ouhafsa, 77), Gueye (Leborgne, 87), Kérouédan
Trainer: Laurent PEYRELADE