Hognon unhappy with Saints
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
St Etienne defender Vincent Hognon has revealed his disappointment.
St Etienne defender Vincent Hognon has revealed disappointment at his side's defeat to French Ligue 1 strugglers Strasbourg.
Goals from Amara Diane and Pontus Farnerud sealed the shock defeat for Les Verts, and Hognon feels the players let themselves down in a match they should have won.
"It was a shock as we thought we would win this match," he told Le Progres.
"We wanted to win this match in order to finish the season with as many points as possible.
"Every time we feel like we're not playing well, the whole team stops playing.
"Winning the battles is key, and the basis of everything. If we don't win the battles we can't get results."
Hognon is aware of rumours linking a number of St Etienne players with big-money moves in the summer, but the 31-year-old feels these moves will not happen if the team continues to play like it did on Saturday.
"There are rumours of possible transfer targets, but if our players don't show the skills on the pitch then I can't see how they could interest bigger clubs," he accepted.
"We're suffering from a lack of passion at the moment.
"The staff will have to change things for next season. We have to strengthen as a group if we want to do better, and stay focused until the end of the season."