The New Saints skipper Paul Harrison has admitted that Andy Morrison's pre-match interviews served as perfect motivation for their Welsh Cup win over Connah's Quay Nomads.

Nomads' boss Morrison questioned whether some of TNS's players were settling for the standard of the Welsh Premier League, as well as reportedly questioning their ability to win games as underdogs.

But Saints' stopper Harrison, whose fantastic first-half save preserved the 2-0 scoreline before Ryan Brobbel added a third, admitted that he felt the comments from the Nomads' boss were disrespectful.

"A lot of the words spoken in the week – that was our team talk," he said moments after lifting his first Welsh Cup since 2016.

"Hearing Morrison say he doesn’t respect what we do; well, the feeling is mutual. You can’t take anything away from these groups of lads who come in every day and work so hard for each other.

"You can’t take anything away from us.

"For me personally, I think this is one of the best because they’ve pushed us so close, and because of the build-up.

"That’s not being disrespectful to the Nomads lads as some of them are close friends, but it’s all in respect to the comments by Morrison.

"The feeling is mutual."

In his post-match analysis, Morrison told Sgorio he felt his side deserved to win.

"To lose that game 3-0 is hard to stomach because throughout we were the better team," he said.

"That's hard to say when you've been beaten 3-0 but there are key decisions in that game. I don't want to talk about referee decisions but at 1-0, it's the most blatant penalty decision you will ever see.

"That's so wrong, on any level."