Angers backed up their impressive defeat of Marseille last weekend with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bastia to continue their surprising start to the Ligue 1 season.
Despite a quiet opening 40 minutes it was the hosts who grabbed the initiative when Yoann Andreu and Cheikh N'Doye combined to tee up Billy Ketkeophomphone who confidently sent a first-time effort beyond Jean-Louis Leca.
And the hosts should have been two up at the break when Mehdi Mostefa gave away a penalty on 43 minutes but Abdoul Camara's...
Marseille's recent unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a shock 2-1 defeat at home to surprise package Angers.
The visitors stunned the Stade Velodrome seven minutes before the interval when Remy Cabella clumsily brought down Bouka Moutou inside the area before Thomas Mangani despatched the resulting spot-kick.
And Michel's team's woes intensified midway through the second-half, despite dominating, when Romain Thomas headed Billy Ketkeophomphone's free-kick beyond Steve Mandanda.
The hosts were offered...
Angers' miserly defence proved unbreakable once again as fellow in-form side Reims were held to a goalless draw at Stade Jean Bouin.
The impressive hosts have kept four clean sheets in their opening six games since promotion, leaving them in fifth place in Ligue 1.
Both sides showed plenty of endeavour in the opening 45 minutes but neither Angers' Ludovic Butelle nor Reims' Johnny Placide were forced into any real work in their respective goals.
Placide was worked on the hour mark, keeping out Romain...
Ten-man Angers continued their impressive start to life in Ligue 1 with a slender 1-0 win over Troyes in what was the first encounter between the two sides in the top division.
Any hopes of a third league win for the hosts seemed to be squandered when, with just over half an hour played, skipper Cheikh Ndoye was given his marching orders for a tackle not too dissimilar to a karate kick.
Angers stood firm, though, and when Loosemy Karaboue brought down Romain Thomas in the area, the newly-promoted side...