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Mike Wilde gets congratulations from Jimmy Aggrey and John Leah after scoring against Oster
SAINTS' boss Ken McKenna spoke of his increasing frustration as he came to terms with another early exit from Europe.
Despite emerging with plenty of credit from their latest foray in the Uefa Cup, TNS bowed out 4-1 on aggregate to Swedish side Osters IF following their 2-1 defeat in the return leg at Wrexham last night.
And McKenna admitted it was a case of being so near yet so far as his troops fell at the first hurdle for the sixth successive occasion.
"We work hard to qualify every year so it's very frustrating not to get through," he said.
"I have learned nothing new in Europe this year either technically and tactically, but in the end it came down to tiredness and a couple of individual errors.
"But it's the same old story. To play this time of the summer makes it physically impossible against a side who are well into their league season.
"I couldn't fault our players for their effort and I don't know what else we could have done."
McKenna was full of praise for striker Michael Wilde, who notched Saints' sixth-ever European goal.
"Two years ago, Michael was playing park football so the goal will have done his confidence a lot of good," added the boss.
30 July 2021
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