HENGBART POSITIVE IN SURVIVAL FIGHT
Auxerre defender Cedric Hengbart is refusing to give up hope of avoiding relegation ahead of Saturady's clash with Valenciennes.
The Burgundy club are rooted to the foot of Ligue 1 after a run of 12 games without a win and are in serious danger of suffering the drop for the first time in their history.
Laurent Fournier paid the price for AJA's poor form when he was sacked as manager earlier this month and they are now hoping for a late season revival under Jean-Guy Wallemme.
Former Lens boss Wallemme lost his first game in charge at Toulouse last week, but Hengbart remains optimistic.
The 31-year-old told the club's website, www.aja.fr: "We have often lacked intensity this season, there was probably not enough effort from us.
"Even in Toulouse we realised we lacked a little something to tilt things in our favour.
"But we are working physically hard right now. Honestly, nobody wants to finish in the relegation zone - it would be a huge disappointment if AJA were relegated to Ligue 2.
"So we want to think positively. We have been given a 20% chance of succeeding - that's better than 0%. In football everything is possible."
Auxerre will hope for an upturn in fortunes as they host mid-table Valenciennes at the Stade Abbe Deschamps.
Wallemme will be boosted for the contest by the return of Dennis Oliech, Edouard Cisse, Georges Mandjeck and Rudy Haddad from suspension.
Valenciennes have injury concerns over Gaetan Bong (foot), Gregory Pujol (groin) and Rudy Mater (knee) ahead of the trip.
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