Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz was disappointed with the 1-1 draw against Corsican rivals Ajaccio

Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz was disappointed with the 1-1 draw against Corsican rivals Ajaccio

Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz called on his players to improve in front of goal following his team’s 1-1 draw against 10-man Ajaccio in the Corsica derby.

“I’m disappointed, but, not annoyed,” Hantz said after the match at the Stade Parsemain on Wednesday.

“You’re annoyed when the players don’t stick to what they were asked to do, and that wasn’t the case.

“When you’re in front and attacking, you have to be focussed right until the last minute.”

Eight-place Bastia dominated the match – which was contested in a neutral venue behind closed doors following trouble in last season’s derbies – and went ahead through Florian Raspentino on nine minutes.

Bastia then gained a huge advantage when Joshua Nadeau was sent off for a high challenge on Adama Ba on 62 minutes.

But, even though the visitors had several chances to double their lead, 19th-place Ajaccio rescued an unlikely point when Eduardo equalised on 82 minutes before Guillermo Ochoa ensured the draw with some last-ditch heroics.

“I want the players to handle our attacking situations better,” Hantz said. “We lacked precision, spontaneity and complicated things for ourselves.”

Bastia goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau, meanwhile, described setting a new Ligue 1 record for 603 top-flight appearances as “fabulous”.

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