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AC Ajaccio v St Etienne: Preview

Goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has warned St Etienne their superb run of form counts for nothing going into tomorrow evening's clash with lowly Ajaccio.

Having not tasted defeat since September 15, and up against opponents who sit just a point outside the Ligue 1 relegation zone, Les Stephanois will be expected to further strengthen their push towards the summit.

That sequence has seen them record five wins and four draws to move to within three points of league leaders Lyon, as well as advancing through three rounds of the Coupe de la Ligue.

Two of those wins came on penalties - including Tuesday evening's quarter-final success against Paris St Germain, whom ASSE also beat 2-1 in league action earlier this month.

And Ruffier told asse.fr: ``We want to continue our good run. As usual, we will play to win.

``But we will need the same team spirit. If we think we are better than everyone else, just because we have beaten Paris twice in a month, we will get a smack.

``Ajaccio are playing in front of their fans, which is an asset, and we will be wary that they need to take points.''

The hosts, by contrast, have won just one of their last seven games, a 4-2 success against Toulouse. They also drew 4-4 with Lorient, but last week's 1-1 draw with Nancy brought their only other goal in that run.

Coach Alex Dupont accepts his team face a stern test, telling the club's official website: ``St Etienne have qualified for a semi-final and they are the form team at the moment.

``They play well on the counter-attack, with quick and effective forwards, and we have to also play with a high tempo and depth to put them in difficulty.

``We played well at Nancy, even if it was not the ideal result. Now, we have to take that into our home game.''

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