|SAINTS boss Ken McKenna was philosophical after the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.
"We've conceded some daft goals but that's why my players are at the level that they are," he said.
The coach blamed individual errors for the City goals, including a couple of blunders from goalkeeper Ged Doherty.
After a 4-5-1 formation only partially limited the damage in Manchester, he now faces the dilemma of whether to employ a more attacking formation for the second leg in Cardiff.
The record aggregate defeat for a Welsh Premier club in Europe is 11-0 by Bangor against Halmstad and McKenna will not want TNS to go into the record books for the wrong reasons if they take a thrashing in Cardiff.
"Last year we were 5-0 down after the first-leg to Polish side Amica Wronki.
"We threw everything at them in the second match, got to 2-2 at half-time, then eventually lost 7-2 and then got slated by the Welsh FA.
"I think we need to take that into account when we look at the second leg in a fortnight's time," said McKenna.
City boss Kevin Keegan was full of praise for Saints' battling display.
""You can look at the result and say they took a beating. But we had to work hard for all five of those goals", said Keegan.
"They got everyone behind the ball and played with one man up and you would expect them to do that.
"They were quite right to do that. They said 'let's see how good you are.
"I thought TNS stuck at it well and I think their manager will be really pleased with that. Five-nil may look like a good beating, but we had to earn every goal we scored.
"They were well organised, worked hard and didn't do things that they couldn't do. They stuck to what they are good at. It makes it hard but that's European football."
Keegan said City didn't do enough in the first half and felt his side's superior fitness came through in the second spell.
As far as the second leg is concerned, Keegan said: "We'll play our strongest side in Cardiff, I promise you that.
"Also, I think a lot of fans will want to see the Millennium Stadium. I've never been so I'm looking forward to it."
SEAMAN'S SPORTING GESTURE
TO LUCKLESS DOHERTY
SAINTS' ERRORS ANNOY McKENNA
BLUES' STARS CONTENT WITH RESULT
FULL MATCH REPORT AND STATS