Thierry Henry is still waiting for his first win since taking charge at Monaco after his team fell to a seventh league defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss at Reims.
A cool finish on 24 minutes from Mathieu Cafaro gave Reims all three points and left Henry without a victory in four matches following his appointment as Monaco coach.
Both sides finished with 10 men as Alaixys Romao was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Youssef Ait Bennasser, before Monaco saw Guinea-Bissau international Pele sent off for two bookings.
“It wasn’t about the tactics tonight. The desire wasn’t there,” said Henry. “Reims won the battles on the pitch and when you don’t win them, you can’t win whatever the level or league.”
Monaco, who won the French title in 2017, remain second from bottom after an alarming run that has yielded just one win in all competitions this season. They will drop to the foot of the table if Guingamp, unbeaten in their past five league outings, avoid defeat at Nantes on Sunday.
“It’s more worrying than the defeat at Strasbourg,” added Henry, referring to the 2-1 loss he suffered in his first game at the helm last month.
“Little of the play, not many chances and lots of duels lost. We were 11 against 10 but then we punish ourselves with the red card. We’re not managing these types of things well at the moment.”
Henry will now briefly switch his focus to Monaco’s flagging Champions League campaign, with one final chance to revive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase when they host Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Lyon captain Nabil Fekir started on his return from a month out with an ankle injury in a 1-1 draw at home to Bordeaux.
Houssem Aouar volleyed in a right-wing cross from Fekir to give Lyon the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Bordeaux earned a point following a 73rd-minute equaliser by Danish striker Andreas Cornelius.
Nimes snapped a nine-game winless run with a 4-0 rout of Dijon, while Patrick Vieira Nice’s beat Amiens 1-0 after an own goal by Prince-Desir Gouano. Montpellier could go second if they beat Marseille on Sunday, after Paris Saint-Germain marched 11 points clear following their 2-1 victory over nearest challengers Lille.
Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored late goals at the Parc des Princes on Friday as the French champions extended their perfect start to the season with a 12th consecutive win in Ligue 1.
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)