CLAIREFONTAINE, France - France coach Raymond Domenech and captain Thierry Henry urged fans to be patient during Wednesday's World Cup qualifier because the team have a habit of leaving it late to score against Lithuania. Their plea ahead of their home Group Seven qualifier came after defender Patrice Evra said last week that fans' repeated boos had upset France players. "People are usually supportive when we are playing well but they are less happy when we are not," Henry told reporters on Tuesday. "The only trouble is that we have always had to wait until the dying minutes to score against (Lithuania). We have patience on the field and I hope the fans will also have patience in the stands." France struggled to overcome Lithuania 1-0 in Kaunas on Saturday, just as they did when the teams met twice in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. "Our fans can help our players a little bit more by pushing them harder," Domenech told reporters. "I remember our game (against Lithuania) in Nantes in 2007 and our fans pushed us all the way as they felt we were doing what we had to do. We opened the scoring quite late in the game and they were our twelfth man." France are third on seven points in their group, two points behind second-placed Lithuania. Serbia are top.
31 March 2009
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