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Genesio disappointed Lyon could not hold on

Bruno Genesio

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio was disappointed that his side conceded a late equaliser in their derby against Saint-Etienne on Sunday’s Ligue 1 fixture

In the 116th derby for Lyon and Saint-Etienne at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium, it was the hosts who took the lead when Mariano chest the ball down and fired the opening goal. Lyon were denied further opportunities to increase their lead in the first-half when Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Ruffier saved Ndombele’s effort on goal in the 25th minute of the game, before denying Memphis later on.

In the second-half, it was again Ruffier who came to the rescue when he saved from Mariano and late in the second-half where he saved a dangerous free-kick from Memphis. Nabil Fekir was forced to abandon the game with an apparent hamstring injury, before former Arsenal and Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy equalised for Saint-Etienne in the 90th minute of the match.

Speaking afterwards, Genesio admitted he was concerned for Fekir but revealed that initial tests were positive. Genesio believed that his side could have handled things better.

“The early substitutions we had to make because of injuries slowed us down late in the game when we were in trouble. Lucas Tousart was feeling nauseous and had a stomach ache during warmups. He felt able to start the game. He had a good first period but couldn’t go any further. Rafael injured his thigh. I’m worried about Nabil although the initial tests are reassuring… It’s a difficult time, you have to keep on going and get back to work. We had some counterattacks that we should’ve handled better. With these types of matches, you have to know how to win 1-0, and we didn’t.” said Genesio, according to the club website.

Fekir was confident that his injury was nothing serious, though remained cautious until further tests were undertook.

“I felt a little tension behind my knee on the play. A priori, there’s nothing to worry about, but I will undergo more tests tomorrow to learn more… This is our problem right now, we can’t hold on to results. We were punished in the second half. We were tired, but it’s not an excuse. We are professionals. It’s annoying. We’re still losing points. We will work to fix what’s wrong.” said Fekir.