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WINNING the Welsh Premier is Saints' main target, says manager Ken McKenna.
He told a press conference at the club's training ground in Runcorn this morning that all his pre-season build-up was geared to the League, not the Uefa Cup ties with Manchester City.
"We've put a lot of thought into our preparations, but after watching City it rapidly became obvious that there is an enormous gulf in ability between their players and ours," he said.
"To go out and try to shock them is impossible. Our main target is for everyone to know what they're doing when we visit Cwmbran in our opening league fixture.
"The formation we have been playing in pre-season is all geared to that."
McKenna said that the absence of key central defenders Steve Evans and Tommy Holmes through injury was a 'massive blow'.
"I've got all five forwards fit, but I don't think they'll see much of the ball."
McKenna joked that he wouldn't be wasting his money on a bet for TNS to draw in Manchester at 7/1.
All the rest of the squad are fit and raring to go, with Ged Doherty and Dean Williams vying for the goalkeeping shirt.
"There's not much to choose between them, I've got confidence in them both," said the boss.
Cameras from Sky Sports, HTV Wales and the BBC were at the press call.
City are predicting a crowd of around 30,000 at the City of Manchester Stadium for Thursday night's game.
Tickets for the 'home' leg in Cardiff have been selling well and go up by 5 after today.
12 August 2021