HARRISON – Nancy are still waiting for their first win of the Ligue 1 season after playing out a goalless draw at home to Auxerre.
The Lorraine club dominated for long periods but Auxerre came closest to a winner when Edouard Cisse hit the woodwork just before half-time.
It meant Nancy had to be content with ending a four-game losing streak in all competition - a run that included a 2-1 reverse at home to Auxerre in the Coupe de la Ligue a fortnight ago.
Nancy handed a first start to former Auxerre striker Daniel Niculae and he almost grabbed an early lead against his former club.
The Romanian's first-time effort was well kept out by Donovan Leon before the goalkeeper, who impressed in place of the injured Olivier Sorin, also pushed away Lossemy Karaboue's follow up.
Nancy kept up their early attack and when the referee allowed a good advantage, after Benjamin Moukandjo was brought down by Jeremy Berthod, Bakaye Traore failed to beat Leon.
The hosts rode their luck on the half-hour when goalkeeper Guy N'dy Assembe misjudged a Kamel Chafni cross but Jordan Loties bailed him out with a timely clearance.
Auxerre then came closest to a goal in first-half injury time when Alain Traore whipped in a corner that Cisse fired against the crossbar.
Nancy had scored all six of the Ligue 1 goals so far this season after the break but they could not add to that tally as that let the opportunity to climb out of the relegation places pass them by.
They had their chances though and Moukandjo was again denied by Leon after a counter-attack before Djamel Bakar wasted the best chance of the second period on 72 minutes.
He initially showed good technique to control Loties' long ball forward but with just Leon to beat he shot tamely at the goalkeeper.