Saint-Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier was delighted with his team’s performance in their 4-1 win over Girondins de Bordeaux at Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique on Sunday.
Vincent Pajot, Oussama Tannane, Alexander Søderlund and Nolan Roux all struck in a comprehensive victory for Les Verts, with Cedric Yambere pulling one back for the hosts.
“This is an important victory,” Galtier said as his team climbed to fourth in the Ligue standings. “We were dealing with a Bordeaux team that I had observed in Lyon, a lively opponent.
“I’m not talking about an opponent that I find have enormous quality, but my players had to remain focused. The players exploited gaps. The team were good in the first half-hour.
“We could have taken the lead earlier but the Bordeaux goalkeeper (Paul Bernardoni) made a crucial stop. I really thought at that moment that this was going to be a difficult game.”
Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol could only lament the defeat, and hope that it does not signal another slump in form for his 11th-placed side.
“It’s tough but logical,” he said. “We saw a very disciplined Saint-Etienne team and a very undisciplined Bordeaux. We failed to control the game.
“If you are in trouble at the back the cost is always expensive. However, it was not just the defence. The whole team got beaten. We had a big slump in November, I hope we will not relive the same scenario.
“Over the last five matches, we have conceded a lot of goals. I want to look ahead now to the Nantes match (in the Coupe de France Round of 16 on Wednesday). Maybe a will bring in some fresh blood to add to the competition for places.”