TNS boss Scott Ruscoe said he is happy to see the back of what has been a frustrating month for his side.

The Saints picked up three points from a possible nine in the league, and were sent out of the Welsh League Cup after their semi-final defeat at Cambrian and Clydach Vale.

They now sit in third place behind Connah’s Quay Nomads and Barry Town, but Ruscoe is confident his side can get back to where they want to be.

He said: “I’m glad November’s out the way, it’s been a tough month for us.

“It’s been one of our poorest.

“We’ve had discussions within the group to see how we can change things and ensure we’re still working with each other and pushing forward as a group.

“We’re only halfway through the season, but we certainly need to be better in the second half.”

The Saints boss also said he feels his team can push on with players returning from injury.

He added: “Once we start to get the players back and we’re firing on all cylinders we’ll be in that position where everyone will be looking up at us again; that’s where we want to be.

“If you look back at the start of the season, we were beating teams by four, five, six goals, and we still weren’t really playing to our maximum.

“Blaine Hudson’s back involved now and he’ll be back involved this weekend. I think we have missed his leadership qualities.

“Not to take anything away from the lads who have come into the side, but they are relatively young and inexperienced players and when they do play together we’re sometimes not able to tighten up like we have been able to.

The Welsh champions were left frustrated again last Saturday when they had to settle for a draw with Cardiff Metropolitan, but Ruscoe felt there were some positives.

He said: “We had a lot of possession, but we didn’t really do enough to test the keeper or make their defence worry too much. We played in front of them a lot.

“They had a goal out of nothing, it wasn’t a penalty. Other than that, they didn’t really trouble us all game.

“The goal was exactly what we’re all about, it’s what we’re asking for from our side – getting the ball into the box and putting the other team under pressure.

“We’re just not at it at the moment, where we were. Against Barry we were brilliant, we created a lot of chances and dominated possession, but we just seem to have taken our focus away a little bit.”