ANDY MORRISON expects his Connah’s Quay Nomads players to be embarrassed by their performance at Aberystwyth Town.

Jamie Insall put Nomads in-front in the first-half, but Aberystwyth snatched a point after peppering the visitors goal before striking Mathew Jones’ penalty on the brink of full-time.

Nomads boss Morrison was relieved to come away with a point and see his side’s unbeaten start to the campaign extended to 12 games.

“On reflection of the game it is the result I was looking for,” said Morrison.

“I take peace from the fact I know my staff and I know my players, and I’d like to think they are as disappointed as I am - and on many levels embarrassed by their performance.

“We set incredibly high standards - across the board - and those standards start with XI players wanting to win a game of football and willing to go that length longer than the opposition.

“We had six, seven, eight or nine players who weren’t at it, they were second to the ball, flat-footed and made really, really poor decisions, which don’t come from technical ability, they come from mental preparation.

“The preparation this week from our side of things has been very good, but I’d like to know what a few of the players have done this week, because if you think you can just rock up and expect to win a game of football - it’s not good enough.

“We came up short in so, so many areas. The positive is that we come away with a point and we are unbeaten.”

Morrison also had a word of warning to his players after watching Aberystwyth revel in their point against high-flying Nomads, who slipped to second after Barry beat Airbus.

The Nomads boss added: “I said to the players afterwards: ‘Have you seen the reaction of their players and their staff? They were celebrating after getting a draw, and that’s what you can all expect every week now’.

“They should be incredibly disappointed not to have won the game with how poor we were collectively. It’s a great opportunity that Aber have missed.”

The New Saints are now just two points off top spot after they beat Bala Town 1-0.

A missed penalty from Bala wideman Louis Robles let Saints off the hook in the first period, and Scott Ruscoe’s reigning champions took full advantage as Greg Draper scored the only goal of the game.

Saints boss Ruscoe was delighted with his side’s display.

“It is nice to keep a clean sheet and get three points at home,” said Ruscoe. “Performance-wise we ticked all the boxes. You could see the determination in them and I think we had the better chances.

“On reflection we deserved to win the game, there is no doubt about that.”