JOHN DISNEY insists Connah's Quay Nomads are ready to go toe-to-toe with Kilmarnock once more after dusting themselves down.

The anguish was written all over Nomads' players, coaching staff and supporters as Kilmarnock scored twice in the final 10 minutes - including a stoppage time winner - of last week's first-leg in Rhyl to snatch a 2-1 advantage.

For 80 of the 92 minutes played Nomads kept their more illustrious opposition at arms length, but disaster struck as Eamonn Brophy's penalty and Stuart Findlay's header from a corner flipped the tie on its' head.

But Nomads have put that heartache in the past, Disney insisting that he and his team-mates are focused solely on overturning their deficit in tonight's second-leg at Rugby Park.

"To lose the game the way we did, conceding from two set-pieces is unlike us, and it's really, really disappointing," said Disney.

"But as players you pick yourselves up, we've looked at the performance and it was of a really good level last week.

"From Saturday's training session it was about looking to come up with a game plan to get a result in Kilmarnock.

"You get rid of the game that's happened quite quickly."

It would have been easier for Nomads to shift their focus to tonight's second-leg, because, result aside, there was very little separating the two teams.

"They were tipped as superior opposition, but could you tell they were?" pondered Disney. "The distances between the back four and midfield were good and we weren't outclassed.

"Everyone who plays a sport wants to win, and we are definitely no different, but we produced a fantastic performance and that's something we can reflect on after the initial disappointment of the result."

And with Nomads producing such a composed performance, which included taking the lead through Greg Taylor's own goal, Disney and his team-mates are in Scotland looking to book a second qualifying round tie with Partizan Belgrade.

"An away game at this level is always difficult, but everyone is sticking together," said Disney. "There are still around seven or eight of the team that won in Stabaek, so we know it can be done.

"We genuinely believe we can get a goal, and if we can get it early then that puts them on the back foot and maybe we can find a way to progress."

If Nomads were to progress then Disney would be able to take the family bragging rights with soon-to-be brother-in-law Alex Bruce agreeing a new contract with Kilmarnock earlier this week.

Bruce is ineligible for tonight's second-leg, but would be able to face Partizan Belgrade should Kilmarnock progress.

"He was impressed with us," said Disney of Bruce, who was in Rhyl seven days ago. "He said we were very unlucky and it was a real sucker punch."