Despite suffering from a lung infection, US international Greg Vanney started and finished the match as Bastia hosted newly promoted Caen and won 2-0 for Bastia’s first triumph in 10 games
Vanney, who played at his usual left-back position, was slowed by the effects of illness but was able to gut it out to help seal the three points.
“I did my job, though I didn’t have a lot of energy,” said Vanney via telephone. “We defended as a group and we did OK. In the end we had some chances to score; we got two and could of had some more. It was a desperately needed result. We got our three points and hopefully this will restore our confidence.”
The game, marking the first win for Bastia since September 11, was witnessed by only 3,644 fans, a showing that should make even FC Dallas officials give thanks for their attendance and that it is not as bad as Bastia’s.
The win gives Bastia 17 points from 16 matches and puts them in 17th position. With only three points separating Bastia from ninth-pace Rennes a small run of wins could see Bastia quickly move away from the relegation zone.
Bastia next travels to Nimes where they will face newly-promoted Istres next Saturday who are still winless and languishing in last place in Ligue 1; a good opportunity to begin the needed win streak.
Original Article written by Aris Ohanessian