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TNS general manager Ian Williams is delighted with the side's progress
AFTER Saturday’s emphatic Welsh Cup win against Connah’s Quay Nomads at Treflan, Saints' general manager Ian Williams told the Oswestry Advertizer of his delight at the result.
He also pointed to the influence hitman Marc Lloyd-Williams has had on the young Saints line-up, which is still without skipper John Leah and influential wing-back Martin Naylor.
"We have a relatively small squad of about 16 full time players and if you take Marc Lloyd-Williams out of the side it is a very young side," said Williams.
"What we have done though this season is to change our philosophy and play to our strengths, increasing self belief.
"If you compare the situation to last season, when we were dominating games without scoring the goals, what Marc has done is to turn that domination into goals; he even looks like scoring with half chances, so it’s given a huge confidence boost to the side."
With the arrival of Andy Cale in the close-season Saints have adopted a more scientific approach to their game and Cale’s background in sports psychology has offered a new dimension.
"We have a great self-belief in our own technical ability now. Our league is very physical but if we can stick to our principles of technical football it should help us take the step up to UEFA competition as well," added Williams.
"We dominated throughout on Saturday and it was a comfortable win in the end. The two early goals and the third just before half time really finished them off.
"It all clicked nicely and obviously we would like to make it to the final again - the extra prize money is a good incentive - but the league has to be our top priority this season."
7 October 2021
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