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Scott Ruscoe (left) was the BBC's man of the match at Wrexham [Phil Blagg]
SCOTT Ruscoe won the BBC's man-of-the-match award after an outstanding display in the FAW Premier Cup semi-final at Wrexham.
But the midfielder expressed the disappointment of all the players after losing out in the penalty shoot-out.
Ruscoe, who opened the scoring and also converted his penalty, admitted the defeat was a bitter blow after suffering similar penalty misery against Swansea City last year.
"When we went 2-1 up with just a few minutes left, we thought this could be our year but again we ran out of luck," he said.
"We stuck at it really well, but when it comes down to penalties it’s the luck of the draw. Everyone’s gutted because we really believed we could do it."
Wrexham's Brian Carey was a relieved man and paid tribute to TNS: "They did very well, they are a decent side and all credit to Ken and his players," he said.
"TNS are a very good team. The improvement that they have made over the years is evident and we didn't approach tonight's game thinking that it was going to be easy."
Steven Beck and Chris King both picked up injuries at the Racecourse which leaves them doubtful for the vital Welsh Cup tie at Llanelli.
Alfie Carter is also ruled out for a few more days as he needs an adjustment to the screw inserted in his knee, but there is better news of Tommy Holmes who was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Andy Holt, but was substituted with nothing more than cramp.
While it's good news for Ken McKenna and Andy Cale, their main task will be lift morale in tired bodies ahead of the trip to Stebonheath Park.
2 February 2021