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SAINTS' ERRORS ANNOY McKENNA
Ken McKenna
TNS manager Ken McKenna was unhappy with the individual errors that allowed Manchester City to score five times in their Uefa Cup qualifier first leg on Thursday night.
That included a couple of blunders from goalkeeper Ged Doherty, but McKenna refused to blame the individuals themselves.
"We've conceded some daft goals but that's why my players are at the level that they are," said McKenna.
"There were two goalkeeping errors but that is why he is playing for TNS and not Manchester City."
"I don't think we deserved to lose by five, but at this level if you make a mistake, you get punished."
McKenna is realistic about the gulf in class between the Welsh Premiership and the English version, but he said: "After the effort we put in, it was a bit harsh but hopefully we will learn our lessons from this. The second goal really killed us off."
"But the effort our players put in was enormous. We kept our shape well, were well disciplined but the errors cost us. It is something we've got to iron out."
The loss of key central defenders, Steve Evans and Tommy Holmes, was a major blow to McKenna's plans.
"This was the one time we needed all our defenders fit so it was unfortunate," he said.
"We'll now go away and think how we're going to approach the second leg in two weeks."
McKenna said the club had enjoyed their experience at the City of Manchester Stadium.
"Everyone at the club has been fabulous. We've had a great reception."
15 August 2021