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Ken McKenna admits his team selection against Airbus backfired
SAINTS' boss Ken McKenna has admitted his decision to rest four senior players against Airbus backfired spectacularly.
TNS missed the chance to open up a gap on chasers Caersws and Rhyl as they were held to a shock 1-1 draw.
"It was a calculated gamble that didn't come off," said McKenna."I got it wrong and it backfired in my face, but having said that, on another day we would have scored five goals so it almost paid off for us.
"I've had players walking around with their chins on the floor because they are not in the first team, so I decided to give some of them a chance for the Airbus game and it didn't really work out.
"That's part and parcel of being a manager. Sometimes you make decisions that don't come off."
McKenna drew a parallel with Manchester United's surprise home draw against Exeter City in the FA Cup last month: "Anything can happen in football. Just look at what happened with United."
He also knows the pressure is on to deliver silverware after last season's disappointments.
"Teams definitely play harder against us, but it's something I've learned to live with as manager," he said.
"Teams make it very hard for us but it's up to us to overcome that.
"You only have to look at Airbus the other night. They were superb. It's the nature of the league and we can cope with it."
11 February 2021
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