ANDY Preece hailed his players' character after bouncing back from two defeats to overcome Port Talbot 3-0 and go second in the Welsh Premier League table.

"We had a real kick in the teeth (against TNS) on Saturday and we are still not over it now, it's still not sitting right with us," Preece said.

"We've managed to play back the decisions now and to pick up the lads from that was not easy because they are absolutely devastated to have that taken away - with the performance they put in, it was really tough.

"They showed immense character to put in a performance like that and to win the game because it wasn't easy.

"We were pretty much on top first half and probably should have been a few goals ahead but it got a bit edgy in the second half. 

"They (Port Talbot) had two or three opportunities and could have got back into it, but ultimately we got the result that we deserved and I don't think anybody would take that away from us after what happened on Saturday.

"In the second half they seemed to throw caution to the wind, they gambled and threw bodies forward and James Coates has made an unbelievable save out of the top drawer that kept us in a game, we shouldn't have been in any danger of losing at that point."

He was great, it was great to see him get a couple of goals, his performances deserve that.

Preece hailed the performance of Ryan Wignall who was a constant threat and capped his night with a second-half brace.

"He was great, it was great to see him get a couple of goals, his performances deserve that," Preece commented.

"He is tough to play against, he played great on Saturday against TNS and caused them all sorts of problems and again tonight, so it's just keeping him fit and keeping him from any misdemeanours discipline-wise and he'll be a key player for us this season."

Next-up for the Wingmakers is a trip to Aberystwyth Town on Saturday and Preece says there is no lack of confidence or belief in his squad.

"Not at all, we just felt so hard done by on Saturday, it just drains you of what we are trying to do," he added. 

"We are trying to chase TNS down as much as we can and make it interesting and that really drains you, so tonight was massive.

"To bounce back tonight the way we did after a couple of defeats with everything that has happened shows great character and now we've got a tough one at Aberystwyth.

"We are second in the league, but although we've won tonight there is still a lot of frustration inside us because we feel that, after what happened on Saturday, we should be top of the league."

Photos (above) Matty McGinn can't believe that he has missed the target and (below) an Ashley Williams cross causes mayhem in the Port Talbot box.

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