TNS boss Scott Ruscoe has backed his players to put European disappointment and defeat to Connah’s Quay Nomads last week behind them as they host Carmarthen Town on Saturday.

The Saints were beaten 1-0 in Deeside last Sunday having only had a few hours training after landing from Denmark after their 3-1 Europa League defeat to Midtjylland on Thursday.

Ruscoe admitted he Carmarthen represented a new challenge from previous seasons with the squad rebuilt under Neil Smothers after Mark Aizlewood’s six year tenure at the helm of the West Club ended in disgrace with his jailing for fraud.

Ruscoe said: “Carmarthen have got a new lease of life with the management and players and the direction they’re going, so we’ll have to see what kind of side turn up.

“Carmarthen were always pretty regimented under Mark Aizlewood who usually came with a game plan to stop us but we have just got to be on our guard and get back to the maximum we can give.”

Ruscoe insisted the Saints had an expectation to win every game at Park Hall and would look to freshen his squad following the labours of the past month.

“We expect to win every home game,” said Ruscoe. “Every one we play, we expect to win and nine times out of 10 we should be winning.

“We’ll train well this week and then work hard to get the three points on Saturday.

“Connah’s Quay was a one-off. I’ve been proud of the players all pre-season and I’m not going to have a go at them now because they lost to Connah’s Quay.

“We’ll move forward and hope to get the three points on Saturday.”