Girard: Lille must bounce back

The 59-year-old has voiced his disappointment with this weekend's loss and is desperate to return to winning ways against Saint-Etienne

Lille coach Rene Girard has urged his players to regroup following their 2-1 home loss to Reims on Sunday.

Girard's men slipped to a defeat that damages their Ligue 1 title hopes as Odair Fortes and Grzegorz Krychowiak put the visitors 2-0 up before a late Anthony Weber own goal gave Lille faint hope.

The loss leaves the team seven points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain and Girard has admitted that his side had been far from their best in Lille's first league game since the mid-season break.

"It was not good, not in the spirit," Girard told reporters. "One thing is a certainty. It takes a different attitude to win matches.

"It was not the legs that were not well but the heads. I knew it would be difficult mentally.

"There were many players who played well below their worth. They will be given the benefit of doubt, but it has not been pleasing.

"We need to get back on the right track. I know we are capable of much better."

Lille will look to bounce back from their fourth loss of the season when the 2010-11 champions travel to fourth-placed Saint-Etienne on Friday.