Toulouse boss Alain Casanova has refused to blame his side's recent slump on the departure of midfielder Moussa Sissoko in the January transfer window.
Sissoko made the move to Premier League side Newcastle, where he has been an instant hit, but in the France international's absence Toulouse have since gone winless in six games.
That has all but ended their hopes of a European place but, ahead of the visit of lowly Evian tomorrow, Casanova was unwilling to accept the season has already unravelled.
``Yes it (Sissoko's exit) has hurt us but we brought in players to compensate for that,'' he told a press conference.
``The new players have a profile of their own so it is up to us to find a way forward. It won't happen overnight but it will happen.''
Casanova believes the heart of Toulouse's problems is a young and thin squad.
``When he have a few injuries we are in trouble and with youth can come carelessness and doubts when results do not follow,'' he said.
``You can quickly fall into trouble. We have lost a little bit of control and we do need to compensate for some losses.''
Striker Wissam Ben Yedder has been a barometer to Toulouse's fortunes so far this term.
The 22-year-old was banging in the goals as Toulouse made their strong start to the season - including a 4-0 thumping of Evian in October - but as his goals have dried up so to have the points for his team.
``It's true that I'm in a period where I am not scoring. It is a difficult period,'' he said.
``But I am fully fit, I feel fine and I hope the goals will come back soon.''
Evian have slipped into the bottom three following a nine-game winless run in Ligue 1.
They head to Toulouse with some confidence, however, after beating Le Havre in midweek to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France.
``The feeling is better in the locker room,'' midfielder Guillaume Lacour told a press conference.
``The win, even if it is in the cup, gives us all a smile and hopefully it is a positive for the future. We must start to pick up in the league. Draws are not good enough.''
Evian will be without injured trio Aldo Angoula, Brice Dja Djedje and Herve Bugnet although Yannick Sagbo's one-game suspension does not kick in until next week.