October 6, 2012
Bastia v Troyes: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.7||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.9|
|Last 5 home||W-D-L-W-W||W-W-L-D-W|
|Last 5 away||W-L-L-W-L||W-L-W-L-D|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Bastia | Troyes|
|5/26||H: Sochaux||5/26||A: Valenciennes|
Captain Marcos has pleaded for patience from Troyes fans as the newly-promoted side attempt to win their first Ligue 1 game of the season tomorrow at the eighth time of asking.
Troyes always knew they were in for a tough season following their promotion from Ligue 2, but fans of the French club have found the team's poor start to the campaign particularly hard to stomach.
Jean-Marc Furlan's team, who finished third in France's second tier last term, have gained just two points from their opening seven fixtures this year and some disgruntled fans at last week's 2-0 home defeat to Toulouse appeared to have given up any hope of their team avoiding the drop.
But Marcos says it is only a matter of time before Troyes achieve their first victory, which he hopes comes against Ligue 2 champions Bastia tomorrow.
"It has been a difficult start to the season so I understand why people are full of doubt,'' the forward told Troyes' website.
"The fans must understand it is always hard when you start in a new league.
"We need our supporters to believe in us and support us. That will give us confidence.
"We have the weapons to escape. The dressing room will be a much more cheerful place once we have that first win.
"This victory will come soon I hope. All is well within the group at the moment. There is a great solidarity among us. We will fight back.''
Bastia have had similar problems stepping up to top-flight football.
They won their first two games but have only picked up one point since - at Nice last weekend.
Manager Frederic Hantz, who is without injured trio Salim Moizini, Yassin El-Azzouzi and Ilan, has also called his team's fans to relax.
He said: "It has been very difficult with the defeats we have had, but kast season we went five games in a row without a win so we have no need to panic.''