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LOSC Lille Metropole 11th December 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: S Moreira

Lille Lille vs Toulouse Toulouse

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M Basa (55)
D Payet (83)

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Florent Balmont lets out frustration over recent departure of Mickael Landreau

Last Updated: 12/12/12 1:52pm

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Mickael Landreau: Left last week, much to Balmont's frustration

Mickael Landreau: Left last week, much to Balmont's frustration

Florent Balmont let out his frustration over the recent departure of Mickael Landreau after Lille's win over Toulouse.

Goals from Marko Basa and Dimitri Payet ended LOSC's four-match winless run in Ligue 1, a difficult period which also saw France international Landreau's contract terminated last week.

And Balmont told L'Equipe after the game at the Grand Stade Metropole: "It's certainly good to win because we are going through a difficult time with Micka's departure.

"I held back from speaking on the subject before because Franck (Beria) and Mathieu (Debuchy) did so, but it hurt us because it was an important player that left.

"It has been going on for years, big players leaving us. These are the hazards of football.

"Now, the page is turned and we have to move on to other things. We responded well but we have to keep it going."

Coach Rudi Garcia preferred to focus on an overdue return to winning ways, following defeats to Lorient and Marseille and draws with Bastia and Sochaux.

"Two points in the last four games was not enough but the (1-1 draw) at Sochaux gave me lots of hope," he said.

"It is very satisfying to see the group rewarded for their efforts."

Payet's goal was his first since October 27's win over Valenciennes but Garcia said: "He is giving his all at the moment. It is not just his attacking talent, he is working unselfishly - he is a great asset."

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French Ligue 1

French Ligue 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 33 79
2 Monaco 33 69
3 Lille 33 63
4 St Etienne 33 56
5 Lyon 33 54
6 Marseille 33 51
7 Bordeaux 33 45
8 Reims 33 45
9 Toulouse 33 44
10 Lorient 33 41
11 Bastia 33 41
12 Nantes 33 40
13 Nice 33 39
14 Rennes 33 38
15 Montpellier 33 38
16 Evian Thonon Gaillar 33 38
17 Guingamp 33 35
18 Sochaux 33 30
19 Valenciennes 33 29
20 AC Ajaccio 33 20

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