THE New Saints boss Anthony Limbrick admits it hasn’t been difficult to lift his players after their first JD Cymru Premier defeat of the season.

The last unbeaten record in the top flight came to an end earlier this month when a late John Owen goal saw TNS slip to a 1-0 loss against Aberystwyth Town at Park Avenue.

TNS are back at home on Friday night when October manager of the month Chris Hughes takes his third-placed Newtown side to Park Hall.

The game will be the first for Limbrick’s men since that setback on the west coast, and the squad’s response in the intervening period has pleased the Aussie.

“It’s been a good chance for us to evaluate the season, where we are and what we need to do to get better, and the things we’ve been improving on as well,” he told the club’s website.

“There have been plenty of positives in that time.

“When you win 10, draw two and lose one you’re obviously on the right track, but we’ve always said we’ve got more to go.

“The players have trained really well this week. They’ve bounced back and had a good reaction. They’re hungry.

“They were disappointed after the loss and it hasn’t taken too much for them to get back into it.

“It hasn’t been a tough task to get them up for it. They want to put the result right this weekend.

“It’s not just a case of what the result is when you bounce back, but the mentality, work ethic, focus and concentration.

“We’ve definitely seen that this week, and we’re hoping we put that good training into the performance on Friday.”

TNS won the reverse fixture 4-1 on the opening weekend of the campaign, but he knows the Robins possess threats that can trouble his team.

“It didn’t seem like a tough game by the result we had against them, but it really was,” he added.

“They’re a good side. Chris is doing a good job there, he’s just won manager of the month, and they’ve had some good results.

“They’ve got forward threats, very well organised defensively and a big threat on the counter-attack.”

Reflecting on the Aberystwyth defeat, Limbrick said: “We created more than enough chances to win.

“If we’d scored in the first half, like we should have done, or in the second half with the three one-on-ones we had then I think the game would have been different.

“When you don’t score, you always leave yourself open, and we made a mistake at the back and it ended up costing us.

“I thought Aber were fantastic that night. They stayed in the game and really put on a great performance.”