Five Talking Points – The New Saints FC 0 PFC Ludogorets 4

The result

As with the first leg, it’s true to say that the result was disappointing. It’s not very often that we suffer defeat (just four times in thirty two league games last season) and especially so when the final score is 4-0.

However, we need to bring everything into perspective. Ludogorets are an excellent team and their recent European pedigree indicates that.

 

The performance

Everyone has their own view but looking on from the press box, I thought the players battled well. They kept going, and although, as the game wore on they were probably wanting the final whistle to blow, they didn’t show this.

The further you progress in European competition, the greater the quality of opponent. This showed over the two legs and again, as per the result, you also have to bear that in mind with the performance.

 

Billy Whitehouse

One of three substitutions by Scott Ruscoe, it was good to see the January signing make his European debut. He didn’t look out of place and was confident as he pushed forward. Sadly no goals or assists for either Billy or his team mates but with a domestic season ahead for everyone, no doubt there is a lot more to come between now and May.

 

Steve Evans 

While a number of our players have links with Wrexham AFC, having played for the side in previous years, the one that stands out is our assistant manager, Steve Evans. While in the boardroom during the week, I looked at the impressive plaque on the wall that listed players of the season, and there for the 2006/2007 campaign was the seven-times capped Wales international himself.

Although not the result that he wanted on his return, nevertheless it must have been a reflective time for Evo, as no doubt like the others with Wrexham connections, memories came flooding back.

 

The Racecourse Ground

The last time that The New Saints played at the stadium was on May 2, 2016, when we beat Airbus UK Broughton 2-0 in the Welsh Cup final. The Racecourse Ground is the oldest international venue in the world where games at that level are still being played.

 

Lead image: Phil Blagg

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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