Harrison Reflects

The New Saints’ manager Craig Harrison reflected on the match against SK Slovan Bratislava and confirmed that the tie is definitely not over yet.

A goal from former Ross County man, Erik Cikos, in the 51st minute, gave the Slovaks a narrow lead in the tie ahead of the second leg at Rhyl’s Corbett Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Harrison, who has so far guided his side to three League Championships during his three years in Oswestry said, ‘We wanted the game to be alive going back to Rhyl and I think it’s certainly alive after we put in a good performance. We’ll see what they’re made of away from home and get at them.’

The former Middlesbrough defender added that, ‘We don’t need to prove anything to anyone. In that dressing room, we don’t care about anyone else but ourselves and it was disappointing for them to score such a scruffy goal, which Paul Harrison didn’t see until late.’

However, Harrison is confident his side can score goals at home and said, ‘It’s disappointing not to have got an away goal, it’s key in European football now but everybody knows that at home we are prolific and score a lot of goals. We’ll rest over the next couple of days and get back to training at home, and we’ll certainly be well and truly up for the game on Tuesday night.’

SK Slovan Bratislava have never advanced beyond the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round but have reached the Europa League group stages in the 2011/12 season.

The second leg will be shown live on the S4C website with the match kicking off at 18:45pm.