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Toulouse v Bastia: Preview

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova believes his side are missing the ability to take the game to opponents as they attempt to stay in touch with the top four of Ligue 1.

Casanova thinks last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Lorient underlines Toulouse's shortcomings ahead of their home clash with fellow mid-table outfit Bastia tomorrow night and has demanded greater urgency from his players.

``There can be no complaints in terms of the result. We still lack a number of things, including maturity and the capacity to take the game to teams. We were simply inferior to Lorient and to what we are capable of doing,'' he said.

``Our first-half was just too poor defensively. We were too weak, and second best when it came to winning the ball back, showing commitment and going into challenges.

``We gave too many balls away and didn't do enough to cause them problems.''

Bastia shared a goalless draw with Lille last weekend and after 15 games they are casting nervous glances over their shoulders at a congested lower half of the table.

Only three points separates them from the relegation zone and they are one of six teams who are one defeat away from 18th place.

But coach Frederic Hantz was pleased with the point against Lille, claiming his team are punching above their weight.

``We were pretty satisfied, especially when you consider the means of each team and the differences between our clubs in general,'' he said.

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