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By ESPN Staff
Sep 8, 2008

Mexes 'disgusted' with his performance in Austria

France defender Philippe Mexes would not be surprised if he was dropped for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia after admitting being 'disgusted' by his performance against Austria at the weekend.

The Roma centre-half was at fault for two of Austria's goals in their 3-1 win over Les Bleus in Vienna on Saturday, losing Marc Janko for the opener and then rugby-tackling the striker to the ground to allow the hosts to score the killer third from the penalty spot.

Mexes also gave away the free-kick that led to Austria's second goal, scored by Rene Aufhauser just before the break.

'I will have better days,' he said. 'I mustn't let it get the better of me, but of course I am disgusted by the way things turned out.

'I had the opportunity to start the first two matches (since Euro 2008). And it hasn't gone that well. I must assume the consequences. Now it is up to the coach and I will respect his choices.'

The defeat to a country ranked 101st in the world has heaped pressure on coach Raymond Domenech, who would already have been feeling the heat after France's poor Euro 2008 campaign.

Another loss on Wednesday could make his position untenable but Mexes was quick to back Domenech.

'The coach in danger? It is the media that's saying that,' Mexes said. 'He has our confidence. We aren't worried within the squad.

'The coach cannot be blamed for Saturday's match. It is more my fault than his. Without my two errors, the result would have been better.'

Domenech also defended Mexes, claiming the defender put in a strong display apart from his mistakes which led to the goals.

'He made some good clearances, he was good in the tackle, he didn't really have a problem,' Domenech said. 'But in two instances in particular, the first goal and the penalty, he was involved. He knows it.'

Sebastien Squillaci or Eric Abidal, who will be back from suspension, could replace Mexes for the Serbia game, should Domenech decide to make alterations at the back.

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