Olympique de Nîmes: history of penalties and posts, fatal yellow in Mendy… the last echoes of the Crocos

In Dijon (1-1), on Friday night, the Crocos missed a penalty, their second of the season, and hit the post again.

Third fatal yellow card for Mendy

Formose Mendy had already received a yellow card against Avranches (matchday 20) and Cholet (matchday 24). Warned for the third time in less than three months, on Friday March 29 in Dijon, the crocodile captain will be automatically suspended for the Versailles reception on April 12. Please note that Patrick Burner is under threat of a third card, synonymous with suspension.

50% success rate in penalty kicks

In Dijon, Olympique de Nîmes earned its fourth penalty of the season in the Championship. Success rate in this exercise: only 50%, since after Mbina in Niort (who still scored in the second half), it was Sané who was lost on Friday. The two successes in Antonins against Châteauroux (fifth matchday) and Orleans (fourteenth matchday) were achieved by Doucouré, absent in Burgundy due to injury. Without forgetting the one recorded in the French Cup in Vauvert (matchday 6) by Mathis Picouleau, who was no longer on the Dijon field when Mr. Roffet scored the penalty spot.

Should Mbina and Sané bear these penalties since the offense was committed on them? “It’s something to think about,” responded Frédéric Bompard, who admitted “having spoken to (his) players about this issue” at the end of the meeting. To Gaston-Gérard, the Crocos also conceded a penalty, the eighth of the season in the Championship (7 they did).

Already eleven shots returned by the posts

Picouleau and Doucouré had touched wood a week earlier in Antonins ahead of Marignane-Gignac (1-1). In Dijon, the Crocos again saw a ball returned by a post, and Mbina’s head hit the crossbar (Picouleau scored in the continuity of the action). This is the 11th time this season that the Crocos have hit the opposing goalposts. The unluckiest player: Mbina, who had already suffered similar mishaps in Cholet (8th matchday) and in Épinal (12th matchday).

Red cards that do not benefit

Olympique de Nîmes played with numerical superiority twice this season in National: 73 minutes against Villefranche aux Antonins (day 22) and 34 minutes in Dijon (day 27) on Friday. Two situations that the Crocos did not take advantage of to win. Both times, it was a 1-1 tie, which led to debates. Against the Rhônes, 11 against 10, the Nimes even conceded a goal before tying at the end of the match. Against the Burgundians, the score was already set when Ben Fredj was sent off for wiping his feet on Mendy’s ankle.

The favorable quarter hour

In Dijon, Nîmes Olympique tied shortly after the restart (46th). Amazing? No, because the first quarter of an hour of the second half is the most popular for the Crocos to score. In fact, they scored 7 goals between minutes 45 and 60 (5 to the Antonins, 2 away), or practically 26% of the total. In general, the Gardois are more effective in the second half (15 goals scored) than in the first (12).

When Paviot helps as a left back

Diouf’s return once again pushed Dagui Paviot to the substitutes’ bench on Friday in Dijon. But the former Palois, as Sbaï had not been selected for this trip, had to quickly replace Labonne, victim of a crutch behind the right thigh (25th). Paviot, central defender, who became left back and Burner moved to the opposite side.

“It’s the first time he plays in this position, what he did was very good,” Croc coach Frédéric Bompard congratulated him at the end of the match. “He defends well, he has a good quality cross with his left foot, he is good with his head. He doesn’t have the automatisms of a full-back but he followed the instructions: one, I defend; two, I attack; three, I substitute. He did things perfectly. “He distributed himself well and played high, which allowed us to take advantage of the width. I am happy with Dagui, he is a boy who is making a lot of progress.”

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