Nancy manager Jean Fernandez has warned his struggling team they simply cannot afford another loss at Evian tomorrow.
Fernandez's side go into the match bottom of Ligue 1 and eight points behind their opponents, who are one place outside the relegation zone.
Nancy have not won since the opening day of the season, although they have at least drawn their last two outings and the outlook could have been brighter had they not conceded late penalties in both of those matches.
Fernandez said: ``We absolutely must get a result.
``There's a lot of pressure, more of it negative than positive, and it is never easy to manage.''
Nancy were denied by penalties in the 1-1 draw against Ajaccio last time out and the 3-3 draw at Troyes the week before, while they missed a spot-kick of their own in the 3-1 defeat to Rennes the game before that.
Fernandez added: ``We were not too far off in recent games. These were decided by details, a penalty against Rennes, another penalty against Troyes and another penalty against Ajaccio.
``If we could have a penalty in our favour on Saturday night...''
Tomorrow's opponents are finding some form, with seven points from their last three games taking them out of the bottom three.
Evian boss Pascal Dupraz said: ``This is a six-pointer. The ideal scenario would be to extend our unbeaten run to four games.
``But before the match we have to forget about the result and focus on the game. But of course, when I say I do not pay attention to the table it is a lie. I always look. And I feel that it confirms our good current situation.''