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Brest v Bordeaux: Preview

Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot will return to Ligue 1 action tomorrow determined to bounce back immediately from a black European night.

Les Girondins head for Brest having seen their 17-game unbeaten run torn apart by Newcastle in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

It was the first time Bordeaux had lost in any competition since their 1-0 defeat at Caen on April 8, and while some people appeared to have grown tired of talking about it, Gillot was not among them.

He said with a smile: ``I enjoyed talking about it, even though certain people made out as if we had lost three or four games.''

Gillot, who was able to welcome Cameroon midfielder Landry N'Guemo back from injury as a second-half substitute at St James' Park, will hope the scars of a difficult night on Tyneside fade quickly after his side was put to the sword.

Strikes from Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse either side of Henrique's own goal had cemented a 3-0 victory for the Magpies by the 49th minute, although the Bordeaux coach admitted his side had contributed to its own downfall.

He said: ``All three goals came from crosses and our defending was rather passive.

``We certainly weren't as good defensively as we were against Lyon, when we were a lot better at the back.

``We did well going forward, but again, we just weren't able to put the ball in the back of the net.''

Bordeaux will return to domestic action sitting in fifth place in the league table, the position in which they finished last season to book their Europa League berth, while hosts Brest are five places and four points worse off.

Landry Chauvin's side have lost their last two games, a 4-2 French Cup defeat by Nice in their last outing at the Stade Francis le Ble and a 1-0 Ligue 1 reverse at the hands of Ajaccio last time out.

However, Chauvin rated last weekend's performance as his side's best away from home this season and insisted they did not reap a just reward for their efforts.

He will hope a return to their own stadium will result in better fortunes, although Bordeaux have won in Brest on both of their last two visits.

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