Beaten by Gueye on this action, before Mr. Visser came to his rescue, Arnaud Bodart was in the front row when Zinho Vanheusden was injured. The cries of his captain, which echoed in a practically empty Maurice Dufrasne stadium, the Standard goalkeeper heard them perfectly. “I heard a crackle. We’ll have to see the medical analyzes, I hope it’s not that bad. He shouted well, it’s clear… It’s never nice to see a teammate get hurt. Unfortunately, that is part of football. We all dedicate this victory to him ”
Evacuated on a stretcher in the 22nd minute, the Standard captain was present at the break in the locker room to encourage his teammates. “He said, oh no, not now… I think that says it all, he was very motivated lately. His strength was there. I really hurt for him, it’s ugly. He has already had two knee problems (Editor’s note: left), I hope this will not be the third … “
For his part, Arnaud Bodart spent a relatively calm evening in his cages, well protected by the defensive duo Dussenne-Bokadi who did not leave much to the Ostend attackers. It is especially at the foot and in his outings that he has especially distinguished himself. At the end of the day, a fourth clean sheet for the young Liège goalkeeper (22) who has been by far the most irreproachable player for several weeks, both in sporting terms and in terms of attitude. “The most important thing is victory first. But it was also important to stop this negative spiral which could have been complicated to reverse. We had a fresh team in front of us who played good football. Personally, I had few balls, but I had to be precise with the feet! The clean sheet? We had more success too, especially with the post hit by Sakala. In recent weeks, luck had not turned in our favor … “
Another essential lesson of this match and this victory, the consequences in the standings that Arnaud Bodart did not hesitate to recall. “Bruges and Antwerp lost points, Anderlecht won… Everything is tightening up at the top of the table, we did well to take points as well. “
The Standard is indeed only one point behind Charleroi, leader, which however has one game less on the clock. The trip to Antwerp on Sunday will therefore be worth its weight in gold.