WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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DEFEATED 2-1 in the home leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie by Europa FC, Welsh champions The New Saints need a much-improved performance in next week's second leg if they are to progress to a meeting with HNK Rijeka.

"I'm disappointed because that's not a true reflection of how TNS play and how we've done in Europe over the last few years," said interim manager Scott Ruscoe.

"I've talked about how we've gradually improved over the years and maybe you could say we froze, just didn't play our normal game.

"The Champions League is what we strive to play in year after year, it's what supports the club for the following year in terms of wages and things like that. So I've told the lads it hurts me, I hope it hurts them because they've not shown a true reflection.

"We'll work on the things that we didn't do well tonight, we'll put them right over the next few days and we'll make sure we give it a good go next Tuesday, the players have another 20 or 30 per cent there, they've fallen below their peak but they can go and do it next week," Ruscoe added.

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26 September 2017

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