Midfielder Fabrice N'Sakala has called on Troyes' fans to get behind the players as they attempt to kickstart their Ligue 1 season at home to rock-bottom Nancy tomorrow.
Troyes have had a chastening campaign back in the top flight, with just one win from 12 league matches, and they already find themselves four points adrift of safety as a result.
A 2-0 defeat a against St Etienne at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard last week has done nothing to lighten the mood in Troyes and while N'Sakala can sympathise with frustrated supporters, he is urging them help them out of their current slump.
``Although it is impossible to find the Stade de l'Aube fervour comparable to Geoffroy-Guichard, they must support us,'' N'Sakala told the club's official website.
``We need them. It is for them that they should play and help us solve the problem we ask Nancy. The solution can not pass without their participation and involvement.''
N'Sakala admitted the Aube club have struggled to adapt after being promoted from Ligue 2 last season - with several injuries to key players taking their toll.
Coach Jean-Marc Furlan will be without defenders Rincon and Jeremie Brechet, midfielder Julien Faussurier and striker Sebastien Grax tomorrow, but N'Sakala does not want to carry on using excuses as they look for their second league win of the season.
``With injuries, absences, the arrival of new players, the team was often shaken, and it has so far been difficult to get along completely,'' he added.
``We were still learning from one another. But we can not settle for a single point. We must give everything to win and advance to all points.''
The only team below them in the league is Nancy, whose season could be defined by their next three fixtures.
After facing Troyes, Les Chardons will play Ajaccio and Evian, with captain Andre Luiz hoping the situation is not too overwhelming.
``These are three finals to be addressed one after the other. But do not put too much pressure on our shoulders. We should not be afraid,'' said the Brazilian.
``Instead, we must try things and take the initiative.''