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MANAGER Ken McKenna insists Saints' preparations for the Welsh Premier League campaign are still on course despite three successive pre-season defeats before last night's win against Nuneaton Borough.
But Ken admits getting ready for the club's biggest match in its history against Manchester City in the Uefa Cup is proving to be a tough task.
"Everybody's talking about Man City but it's a little bit unrealistic," he said.
"It's so difficult to prepare for because there's an enormous gap and you're never going to get a game like this again.
"They're not just in a different League to us, they're in a different universe.
"The realism is that we've got to prepare for a campaign in the League of Wales - that's the most important thing.
"But obviously we don't want to let ourselves down in the European game."
TNS were unlucky to lose 3-0 at home to Shrewsbury on Saturday after recent defeats against Vauxhall Motors and Derry City.
But McKenna won't read too much into the setbacks, saying: "I don't want to analyse my team too harshly because we've played some very good teams and I think we're still on course."
McKenna, who has introduced several new faces into the fray in recent weeks, has been particularly impressed by the impact of former Torquay and Yeovil centre half Jimmy Aggrey.
"We've got big Jimmy there and you can see he's a good talented player.
"He's going to give us a lot more strength at the back and he can pass and he can play."
29 July 2021