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Valenciennes v Stade de Reims: Preview

Reaction has been the buzz word at the Stade Nungesser II this week, with Valenciennes keen to put right the wrongs of their loss to St Etienne last weekend.

While losing 1-0 to Les Verts caused little shame - Christophe Galtier's men are serious title challengers - it left coach Daniel Sanchez unhappy.

His side are still sixth in the table and could have been higher but for a couple of a results, and Sanchez is hoping that the visit of Reims can help get them back on the winning trail.

``I expect that we will react after our defeat in St Etienne,'' he told his club`s official website.

``The last two matches, we only had a point. This is not satisfactory for our numbers in the table. We must at all costs win again and take three points to stay at the top of the table.

``We lost to St Etienne, but what you need is to know how to react. We talked about it this week.

``When we face Reims, we must take three points to keep moving. Our opponent is in the second part of the table, but it will not be an easy game either.''

Sanchez is right to point out Reims' position. Last year`s promoted side have suffered of late after a bright start, failing to win any of their last six matches.

According to coach Hubert Fournier, though, talk of a crisis is way off the mark.

``This is a slump, but they come in a season,'' he said.

``For a promoted team, it is almost normal for this to happen to us. But our goal has not changed, and that is for us to be ahead of three teams at the end of the season.

``We are taking the shock of the bad form, but will adapt.''

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