Jérôme Prior, the Carelessness of Youth06 apr 2016
January 23, 2016, Nantes-Bordeaux, 70th minute. The Girondins are losing 2-0, and the nightmare continues. The goalie and captain of the Blue and Whites, Cédric Carrasso, is seriously injured and has to leave. There was one for whom, at that time, everything went very quickly. It was Jérôme Prior, a young man with a strong personality. Although he had been a starting player twice during the season, on January 23 he didn't have any time to think. He had to replace Cédric Carrasso for the final twenty minutes of the game. In the end, the Girondins evened the score and left Beaujoire Stadium with a point for the tie game.
Jérôme Prior stayed in the in the Girdondins' goals for the following game in the League Cup semi-finals. It was a game that the Toulon native, who let in five goals (5-1), probably wanted to forget quickly. The question of goalies continued to trouble Bordeaux and the club therefore decided to use Paul Bernardoni, former goalie for Troyes. The latter is set to have a starting spot. As for Prior, he returned to a seat on the bench. Along with that, he had a conflict with another player on the team. Because of this incident, Prior left the team for several days and was then reinstated. Although he didn't return as a starting player, one fact will change that.
Ulrich Ramé was named coach of the Girondins following the departure of Willy Sagnol, in the absence of good results. The former goalie announced the starting lineup: Jérôme Prior will be a starting player against Bastia. Ramé's show of confidence paid off. Bordeaux tied against Corsica and during the following game they beat Monaco, the favorite in the championship, with a critical save from Prior on a penalty during the game. A good choice or a bad one, the statistics speak for him. Jérôme Prior has never been defeated as a starting player with Bordeaux in Ligue 1 (2 wins, 3 ties) and has stopped 87% of shots on goal, the highest ratio among goalies who have played in at least five games.
The mistakes of youth can make you think, but most of all they allow you to grow. Jérôme Prior had that experience.