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GERARD Doherty endured one of his busiest nights in a goalkeeping shirt as Saints suffered a 5-0 Uefa Cup reverse at the City of Manchester Stadium.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international, once on the books of Derby County, had his hands full all night to repel the raids of Anelka, Fowler, Wright Phillips, Sinclair and Company.
And the under-pressure Doherty admitted he was guilty of a couple of errors as a star-studded Manchester City side ran out comfortable winners to virtually ensure their passage through the qualifying round.
"I'm always upset when I concede goals no matter who they're against or how they go in," said the former Derry City keeper.
"Obviously I thought a couple of them were down to me so I'm disappointed about that but I've held my hand up and it's just something I've got to work on to cut out of my game. But it was a great experience."
Doherty also made a couple of timely saves in an electric atmosphere that saw City celebrate their return to European competition for the first time in 24 years.
"It was a great experience," he said.
"I couldn't believe it when they started singing Blue Moon because the place just erupted and I couldn't hear myself think.
"It couldn't have been any more different to what we're used to because we usually get a couple of hundred at our games."
But Doherty's night wasn't all doom and gloom. As the TNS players stayed on the pitch to salute their travelling fans behind the goal, one Manchester City player stayed in the tunnel.
England international goalkeeper, David Seaman, signed from Arsenal in the close season, waited until Saints' players returned, so that he could give his jersey to Doherty.
A sporting gesture from an England legend that will no doubt help Ged to remember the occasion for many years to come.
15 August 2021