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Ken McKenna feels Rhyl's Andy Moran (above after scoring Sunday's winner) has made the difference between the sides this season [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].
KEN McKenna was naturally disappointed to lose Easter Sunday's top of the table clash at Belle Vue.
But the Saints' boss is refusing to throw in the towel as his side trail Rhyl by three points with four games left.
"We can take this defeat in one of two ways," said the manager, who was watching his second successive game from the stands after a touchline ban.
"The first is to lie down and die; the other is to come out fighting and I hope the response I get from the lads is that they come out fighting."
McKenna feels that Rhyl striker Andy Moran was the key difference between the sides.
"Rhyl play a certain style of football and they put teams under pressure," he said.
"They are also very dangerous off set-plays and that's what they did.
"They kept plugging away and in the last minute they were rewarded for it.
"Over the 90 minutes I thought we looked the fitter, the sharper and I thought we played the better football. We just needed to have a finish, but to be fair to Rhyl they are good at what they do and in Andy Moran they have a match-winner and possibly a league winner," he added.
"If you look at his performance over the season, he's been the difference between the two sides.
"It's not all over yet, but it's out of our hands now and that's difficult to accept because I don't think we deserved to lose this match, but that's football."
TV replays showed Andy Moran's winner to be offside and Saints also appeared to be denied a clear cut penalty for a handball offence.
13 April 2021
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