Troyes 1 - 0 Evian Thonon Gaillar

Match info: Ligue 1 at Stade de L'Aube

Date: 04/05/2013 KO: 19:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

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  • Last Updated: May 3 2013, 16:24 BST

Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan is determined to keep his team focused on their league campaign, despite their upcoming Coupe de France semi-final.

Jean-Marc Furlan: Focused on Ligue 1 survival
Jean-Marc Furlan: Focused on Ligue 1 survival

The Trojans take on Bordeaux on Tuesday as they bid to reach only the second French Cup final in their history, but first they have a vital Ligue 1 clash against fellow semi-finalists Evian to contend with.

Furlan's men sit bottom of the league, six points behind Les Roses, who are above the drop zone on goal difference, and a win would provide a serious boost in their quest for survival.

"The important thing is not to focus on the cup match after Evian," Furlan told a press conference.

"It is important to plan for the long and medium term. Evian care about a lot more than Bordeaux.

"We have to make sure we are mentally focused on the next match.

"I want to win our last four league games.

"For me the league is about working day-in day-out and at the moment my obsession is to find ways to beat Evian."

Evian have a semi-final of their own on Wednesday against Lorient, but coach Pascal Dupraz is also targeting four wins in their remaining league games as his priority.

"This is a match for three points," he said. "This will be the case against Nice and the other matches. Having a winning mentality is the least we can expect.

"There are four games for us to prove that the team belong in Ligue 1. By winning four matches, we will have 12 points and with 12 points we will stay up."

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