Sochaux midfielder Loic Poujol insists there is no time for moping over the end of another Coupe de France campaign as the physical challenge presented by Nancy looms large.
The teams will clash in Montbeliard tomorrow with Poujol warning that Ligue 1's bottom side are not to be taken lightly.
Sochaux were bounced out of the cup when they lost 2-1 at home on Tuesday evening to Troyes, who have advanced to a quarter-final against Nancy, who saw off fifth-tier minnows AS Minguettes after extra-time.
Now Sochaux have to make certain of their place in the top division for another season, with only four points between themselves and Evian, who occupy 18th place in the 20-team league, with three going down.
Poujol, who turned 24 on Wednesday, said: ``We are very disappointed to have lost in the cup but we have the chance to move on quickly and forget about that match.
``The match against Nancy is very important because they too are fighting to stay up. We are going to do everything we can to win even if it isn't easy to play against them. It's a derby and they have a very physical style.''
Speaking to tomorrow's match programme, Poujol added: ``We have to reproduce the form we showed against Paris St Germain and at Rennes. We were good defensively and produced a performance.''
Indeed Sochaux beat leaders PSG two weekends ago, and then drew away to Rennes last Sunday.
``We have to be more attentive on set-pieces. We've been weak and have let in four goals that way,'' he said.
``Nancy are good at those. At their place [when the teams drew 1-1 in October], Sebastien Puygrenier scored with his head. So we've been warned.
``We've got three important matches this month against Nancy, Evian and Valenciennes. It would be good to get results against the teams around us. At the end of the month we'll know where we stand.''
Sochaux coach Eric Hely was critical of his team after their cup exit and added on the club's website: ``What we have to do it protect the interests of the club, by staying in Ligue 1.''
Nancy vice-president Nicolas Holveck has challenged Patrick Gabriel's team to keep going in their mission to beat the drop, even though consecutive league defeats to Reims, Montpellier and St Etienne have left them a mountain to climb.
They are six points adrift of Reims, who stand 17th.
Holveck told newspaper La Semaine de Nancy: ``We can't say it's over. We must cling to every breath of life possible. While there are still matches to play, we have to retain hope, even if it's extremely faint.
``And, if we have to go into Ligue 2, we have to do it properly.''