A week after having narrowly avoided the great void, will Rodez Aveyron football finally refuel? The goal of equalizing in stoppage time in Nancy (2-2), to escape a defeat with unfortunate consequences, has enough to boost the morale of blood and gold. “We tell ourselves that success turns, appreciates the trainer, Laurent Peyrelade. It makes you want to work, boosts the group’s confidence. “
This momentum will not be too much to succeed in finally interrupting the grueling streak without a win, now increased to 14 matches. The Ruthenians would be well inspired to put the final point tonight, facing the current first relegation. “It’s an important game, admits the blood and gold technician bluntly. By the fact that you face a direct competitor, that you are on a series of draws that you must value by a victory, and that you play at home, even if there is not the contribution of the public. “
Will the negative spiral finally end?
In this high-stakes meeting, the arguments exist to believe that the beginning of the return phase and the return of success are as one for the Raf. Starting with the progress seen in recent weeks, with a little more consistency, intensity and even scoring chances. The pedigree of the evening opponent may also give rise to optimism. Penultimate with two points behind Rodez, Pau is also in a negative spiral (read elsewhere). And his promoted status reminds us that it is precisely against the other formation coming from National that the Aveyronnais obtained their last success (against Dunkirk, 2-1).
So many reasons to make this meeting an excellent opportunity to win. However, it turns out that converting chances is not really the Ruthenian specialty this season. In the game, the band at Bonnet often struggled to convert their highlights, which cost them dearly, especially against Chambly (0-1), Amiens (1-2) or Niort (1-1). “In this championship, when you have opportunities to win you have to be formidable and seize them”, warned Laurent Peyerelade, aware that this defect is worth his team to be today in the delicate position of barrage.
“Be in the action”
Regrets, moreover, have long been ruminated after the trip to Béarn, during which the Raf was joined in the last minutes (1-1). In order not to feed others, Laurent Peyrelade expects his players to be this evening “very dynamic, very efficient and in action”.
While for this crucial match, he will be able to count on the return of his defender Amiran Sanaia and to align Alan Kérouédan again as the right-back, the coach hopes “the same match as against Nancy, with a little more accuracy in the last center, in the way of moving together, he says. In order to take points necessary for our group dynamics. “
Rodez welcomes a direct competitor in maintenance this evening. Faced with Pau, in great difficulty at the moment, the Ruthenians have the opportunity to make a very good accounting operation, but can also sink into doubt, in the event of a negative result.
The Covid-19 continues to circulate within Rodez Aveyron football. After Daouda Gueye and Valentin Henry, two other members of the club have tested positive this week. This time, it’s not about players, but members of the technical staff. The physical trainer, Thomas Fretté, and the goalkeeper coach, David Manhaval, were thus placed in solitary confinement after their positive test. They will therefore not be able to take part in the preparation of the match against Pau this evening.
Covid-19: two positive staff members
Seventh start of the season widely expected
for the very young Breton who landed
this summer from the Rennes nursery.
And for the second time in a row, at the post
right piston instead of Valentin Henry,
still absent because observing the protocol after
his test positive for Covid-19 last week.
In Nancy (2-2) last Friday, the training striker
had been lined up from the outset to everyone’s surprise,
in particular damning the pawn to the one who had already remedied Henry’s forfeit in December at Paris FC, Grégory Coelho,
yet natural lining in this post until then.
Much more consistent, the one who celebrated his 21 years this week had then performed a high-flying performance,
distributing in particular a perfect center for the first
scorer of the evening, Rémy Boissier. His many races concluded
by (very) good balls for the attackers had also been noticed.
It will therefore be tonight for the international youth (U16 to U18)
to confirm these good dispositions seen in Meurthe-et-Moselle. And to confirm that he can be an additional asset for the Raf, which is moreover in a new position for him.
Alan Kérouédan, confirmation awaited
Rare enough to be underlined: a Ruthenian occupies a place on the podium in one of the individual statistics of the Ligue 2 championship. David Douline is indeed the second player to have managed the most tackles this season. With 43 successful tackles, the midfielder of Raf is only ahead of Clermontois Yohan Magnin, with four additional units.