Fernandez delighted by Auxerre position
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Auxerre coach Jean Fernandez believes his side can already claim to have had a successful season, despite missing the chance to go two points clear at the top of Ligue 1 last night. AJA were were held to a goalless draw at Monaco, but still moved into a three-way tie at the summit alongside Bordeaux and Montpellier.

Les Girondins, the defending champions, remain favourites to retain the crown, however, having played two games fewer. Although Auxerre dropped two points last night, Fernandez felt there were several reasons for the low-key encounter.

"The two teams played last week in the Coupe de France," he said. "The conditions weren't easy, especially as the pitch was watered just before kick-off. Both teams had compact defences.

I am a little disappointed as we knew if we could have won here we would have gone top. But we don't talk too much about this. Our season has already been successful.
Jean Fernandez after his Auxerre side missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 by drawing at Monaco

"In the second half we had more opportunities and with a bit more aggression in attack, we could have taken the three points. I am a little disappointed as we knew if we could have won here we would have gone top.

"But we don't talk too much about this. Our season has already been successful. We have only lost six games all season, which is not easy. And we take pleasure in being in our current position."

Monaco coach Guy Lacombe admitted his side had not been at their fluent best. "We tried not to concede a goal and our game was a bit muddled," he said. "They had the better chances."