Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan has stressed he has rarely been disappointed with his team this season, even though their results have only just begun to improve.
Furlan's side failed to win any of their opening eight Ligue 1 fixtures this term, losing six of them, but head into tomorrow's home clash with Montpellier having defeated Marseille, drawn at Reims and then won at Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue in their last three games.
Reflecting on that recent progress, Furlan, quoted on www.lequipe.fr, said: ``Clearly victory allows players to have less weight on their shoulders.
``But they have never lost their composure and I have never been disappointed since the beginning of the season, except perhaps in the second half against Sochaux (a 3-1 away defeat) and against Toulouse at home (a 2-0 loss).''
Troyes are currently 19th in the table on six points and Furlan says belief within the camp is strong that the team can beat the drop this term.
``Over time, results are highly dependent on economic resources and the talent you can attract,'' Furlan said.
``But over one or two seasons, anything is possible.
``Everyone here believes firmly. Our goal more than ever is to ensure there are at least three teams below us at the end of the season.''
Ligue 2 leaders Monaco were being widely tipped to win Tuesday night's cup encounter with Troyes, something Furlan was aware of but not surprised or concerned by.
He said: ``I am used to it. I feel that, as usual, people do not see us as a Ligue 1 club.
``The reaction also came from the fact that we were facing an economically powerful club.
``To be fair, Monaco were stunning against Valenciennes in the previous round (winning 4-2 after extra-time) and could be considered as favourites.
``But we seek to demonstrate that we are not in Ligue 1 by accident.''