Francis Gillot: 'We made life hard for ourselves'

Bordeaux's coach Francis Gillot during his side's Europa League match against Benfica on March 7, 2013
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Francis Gillot urges his Bordeaux side to improve in the Coupe de France semi-finals if they are to get further in the competition.

Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot has admitted that his side's poor first-half performance again Lens almost put them out of the Coupe de France.

In the end the Ligue 1 side came from behind to win 3-2, but Gillot warned his players that they will need to be much better in the semi-finals to have a chance of reaching the final.

"We put ourselves in trouble by not starting the match well," Ligue1.com quotes Gillot as saying. "We played poorly in the first half and paid for it.

"We woke up in the second half and scored three goals before giving ourselves a fright in the last 10 minutes. We have the art of knowing how to make life difficult for ourselves.

"We'll have to play better in the semi-final if we want to qualify for the final. Lens's young side gave a lot. We didn't show much intent or determination but we're happy to have gone through."

Meanwhile, Lens coach Eric Sikora was pleased with the effort shown by his side.

Bordeaux's coach Francis Gillot during his side's Europa League match against Benfica on March 7, 2013
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