Champions League: New Saints' focused on Videoton - Harrison

Craig Harrison
Craig Harrison played for Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace

Director of football Craig Harrison says The New Saints will be ready for the challenge of Videoton in the Champions League.

The Welsh treble winners advanced with a 6-2 aggregate win over B36 Torshavn in the first qualifying round.

Saints host the Hungarian champions in the first leg on 14 July and Harrison expects a tougher test in the second qualifying round.

"It will be a different story against Videoton," he said.

"We've got more than enough [information] to know what they are about.

"They've got another game at the weekend so we'll watch that game, analyse it and put our strategy and plan together.

"Hopefully that will take us into the next round."

Saints beat Torshavn 4-1 in the first qualifying round second leg having won the first leg 2-1 in the Faroe Islands, their first away win in the competition.

Three Videoton officials, including recently appointed manager Bernard Casoni, were present at Park Hall to watch the Welsh Premier League champions.

"They're obviously taking it seriously because their manager was here to watch us," Harrison added.

"It's a lot of respect on their behalf and we've got a lot of respect for them."

Mike Wilde scored a hat-trick with Matty Williams adding a fourth as Saints swept aside Torshavn at Park Hall.

Former Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace defender Harrison was pleased with his side's performance.

"We controlled the game from start to finish," Harrison said.

"We possibly could have scored two or three more if we would have been a bit more ruthless.

"I can't complain apart from maybe the goal, but that would be me being very harsh on everybody."

Full match commentary on The New Saints v Videoton on BBC Radio Shropshire 96FM.

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