GILLOT CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY
Bordeaux manager Francis Gillot has called for more consistency from his side after a series of mixed results over the last few weeks.
Les Girondins go into Saturday's clash with Dijon at the Stade Chaban Delmas off the back of a creditable 1-1 away draw against Ligue 1 high-fliers Paris St Germain and they beat Brest 2-0 in their previous game on the road.
Things have been less encouraging of late at home, though, with Bordeaux being held 1-1 by Ajaccio and beaten 2-1 by struggling Nice.
Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Gillot believes it is imperative his team builds on the PSG result - which he feels could have been even better - by getting back to winning ways at their own ground.
"We put in a great performance at the Parc des Princes, although I think we had the opportunity to take the three points," Gillot told www.girondins.com.
"In terms of performance, we are reassured. I just hope when we play Dijon it will not be the same as against Ajaccio.
"We expect to win at home and it's been a while since we have won at Chaban Delmas. We absolutely must win the game."
He added: "They did a great performance in Paris because it was a big match. I hope that we will face Dijon as motivated as we were against PSG.
"Before the match against PSG, I felt in the locker room a great motivation (among the players). We must find that at home."
Despite his best efforts to work on the squad's motivation and concentration, Gillot admits they are factors which are ultimately down to the players themselves.
"It is something that we cannot really control as a coach," Gillot said.
"It is annoying. Saying it is one thing, doing it is another. We say many things to the players and ask them all the time to be concentrated. But in a game, it's something else."
Certainly Gillot believes there is still plenty for eighth-placed Bordeaux to play for with nine games remaining.
"The objective is to win the match against Dijon and we will then move on," Gillot said.
"We have set a target of about 60 points and hope for a European place - the problem is that currently we are at 41.
"That makes two points per game and there are other conditions. But anything can happen."
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