Lille 1 - 1 Troyes

Match info: Ligue 1 at LOSC Lille Metropole

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 19:00 Ref: Nicolas Rainville

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Divock Origi 74



Fabien Camus 30

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  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 12:11 GMT

Midfielder Granddi Ngoyi is confident that Troyes can boost their chances of climbing out of the relegation zone by recording back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Troyes can get out of trouble according to Ngoyi
Troyes can get out of trouble according to Ngoyi

Troyes have looked certainties for an immediate return to the second division this season after they struggled to adapt to the rigours of Ligue 1.

Jean-Marc Furlan's men have spent the majority of the season in the relegation zone, but they have picked up of late, securing seven points from their last five matches.

After last week's win against Brest, Troyes head to Lille this weekend knowing a win could put them just two points from safety and Ngoyi sees no reason why his team cannot pull off an upset against the 2010 champions.

"Lille will be a totally different match, they have a little more talent than Brest, but this is a game for which we have nothing to lose and where we will seek to collect something," Ngoyi told Troyes' website.

"In our situation we must try everything, everywhere. If we win our matches, we will be closer to safety.

"We will not win every time, but we must try to win as much as possible. Winning builds confidence. Once you win, you want to win the following week, we want victory after victory."

Ngoyi, formerly of Paris St Germain, was one of nine new players to arrive at Troyes last summer as Furlan set about assembling a squad capable of staying in the top flight.

With so many new arrivals, it was always going to take time for the team to gel, but Ngoyi now thinks the squad have become used to playing with each other.

"Our improvement is due to the fact that we have been playing together now for a while and we have got to know each other better," he said.

"The result is that we are more cohesive. It is logical that our games are better than they were. But since the first day, our mindset has not changed. It is good and positive, despite some bad results."

Lille head into the match on the back of a three-game winless streak. Rudi Garcia's men were unlucky to lose 1-0 to PSG last week, though, and midfielder Idrissa Gueye wants to move on from the defeat quickly by beating their lowly opponents on Saturday night.

"It is obviously frustrating because we had the game he had on Sunday in Paris," he said.

"We were playing a big team and they saw how capable we were.

"Unfortunately, the result wasn't favourable, but we can't concentrate on this failure for too long. We have to move on and be ready for the next match."

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