Feb 22, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stade Municipal du Ray
Nice
2-0
Reims
Civelli (85'), Eysseric (11' pen.)
Anin (28'), Pejcinovic (67')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Mandi (18')
Mandi (68')

Claude Puel: 'Red card helped us'

Puel: 'Red card helped us'
© PA Photos
Claude Puel says that Nice should have scored more against Reims in last night's Ligue 1 match at the Stade du Ray.

Nice boss Claude Puel has praised his team for claiming the three points against Reims at the Stade du Ray.

Valentine Eysseric and Renato Civelli scored the goals that saw Les Aiglons close the gap on third-placed Marseille to just one point.

The French tactician said that his team should have put the game beyond doubt before Civelli scored with six minutes remaining.

He also believes that the red card shown to Reims full-back Aissa Mandi helped his team to score the killer goal.

"I would have liked more serenity," Puel told reporters. "[Reims] tightened defensively after the break. We lacked fluidity in the second half.

"The red card helped us regain control of the game and score the second goal. Congratulations to the players as the game was far from clear."

Nice make the trip to play Saint-Etienne next Saturday.

Reims coach Hubert Fournier on the touchline on September 20, 2011
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