Blanc hails team spirit

France boss proud to gain first win

Blanc: Praise for Les Bleus

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France manager Laurent Blanc has praised his team's spirit as they got back to winning ways.

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Les Bleus faced a tricky tie away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday in their Euro 2012 qualifier and responded well after the dismal 1-0 defeat to Belarus in their opening game last Friday.

It was the response France needed following a disastrous summer in which they exited the World Cup at the first hurdle in disgrace as goals from Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda sealed the win in Bosnia.

Blanc was delighted to have secured his first win since succeeding Raymond Domenech as coach this summer and felt it made up for some of the disappointment of the Belarus defeat.

"I feel a lot of joy," said Blanc. "There (against Belarus), we didn't manage to translate the good things seen in training, in terms of spirit.

"Just as we didn't feel despair (after Friday's reverse) we aren't feeling fantastic now (after this win), but it can be the start."

Benzema happy

Real Madrid striker Benzema, who scored the opener, described the goal as "the most important" for his country so far.

"Everyone played very well but I had the chance to score the goal which acted as a trigger for the game. We remained solid, this is good for the future," he said.

"It's a pleasure to score in the big games and especially in a match where a lot was expected of us and of me.

"I'm 22, I've still got everything to prove and to do to build a great career with the France team. I knew I had to produce a big performance."