Despite 0-0 draw, Bradley’s Le Havre dominant in league debut

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Bob Bradley’s record in all competitions as manager of Ligue 2 side Le Havre currently reads as follows: 0 wins, 1 loss (in cup competition, to a sixth-division side) and 1 draw.

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On paper, Bradley’s tenure in France’s second division is off to a bit of a rocky start. However, watching his home and league debut on Monday, a 0-0 draw with ninth-place Brest, revealed a quality attacking side capable of creating chances in bunches — 16 shots in total, including a staggering 10 on target, yet an opposing goalkeeping performance of a lifetime meant Les Ciel et Marine (The Sky and Navy) would leave the Stade Oceane empty-handed.

On the other side, Le Havre conceded to Brest just two shots over the 90 minutes, putting to good use their 59 percent of possession and pinning the visitors deep inside their own half for much of the game.

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Bradley, speaking to reporters after the game (below video):

“I think we had some periods of good football — good tempo, a little pressing to win the ball back — but it’s a day where we have chances and don’t score a goal, so we leave where we’re not too happy with this part.”

“The team responded in a good way (to lineup changes). It’s always good to create chances, so we see this part as positive, but now we must work on also being sharper when we create advantages.”

With 15 of 38 rounds played, Le Havre sit fourth in Ligue 2, five points off the second and final promotion place. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Ligue 1 had three relegation places with three new teams being promoted from Ligue 2 each season, but French football’s administrative council voted to reduce the number to two each season in order to provide “a little more security” for investors. Le Havre’s next game is Saturday, when they’ll play away to league-leading Nancy.