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Oster v TNS
Chris Taylor is beaten to a cross by keeper Peter Kennfors, who misses the second leg with a broken hand [Phil Blagg/County Times]
TNS boss Ken McKenna is still upbeat about beating Osters in next week's Uefa Cup second leg, despite the 2-0 reverse in Sweden.
"We have to be positive and set our stall out for an early goal," admits McKenna,
"Their two goals mean that they can afford to be creative with their line up so it will be hard to predict their side.
"For us it's the same old story and it is going to be difficult. We need to be bold and look for an early goal. We have to be positive."
McKenna says that the match fitness of mid-season opponents was clearly evident in the away encounter, with Oster a yard quicker around the pitch.
Though the 2-0 scoreline may have been more or less deserved, McKenna adds that there is still hope for the Saints and that there may be a way through their opponents' armour.
"Their attacks seem to rely on breaking from defence, so we will need to get the balls out wide and get in beyond their defence," he added.
Meanwhile, Oster have something of a goalkeeping crisis after Peter Kennfors broke his hand at the weekend. With first-choice keeper Bjorn Stringheim already sidelined, the Swedes will turn to former stopper Claes Green, now with lower league Vaxjo BK, with 17-year old Robin Malmkvist set to be named on the bench.
22 July 2021
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