ANDY Preece was more than happy with three points Newtown and feels his Airbus side are still well poised for a fourth consecutive season of European football on two fronts.

"I'm pleased, I thought we'd been playing really well although we lost a couple of the games but, other than that, we're in a good run of form playing-wise and, now, results-wise.

"The last two games we've won 3-0 with two clean sheets so I'm really pleased with how things are going."

The return of Ian Kearney, Mike Pearson and Ashley Williams from injuries and suspension has also been key to the upturn in form.

"These players have been out and they're back now and suddenly we're winning games to nil, that's why I said after the TNS game that there's lots to play for," Preece went on.

"People probably looked at it and said, God they've lost the last three, but I think we probably had a fully-fit squad apart from Wayne Riley today and we just haven't had that for more than one game, so it just makes a big difference as you can see with the performance over the last couple of games.

"If we can keep everybody fit then everything's up for grabs still.

"We want to try and win every game until the end of the season and, if we did that, then we've got a good chance of getting third.

"I think second has probably gone now, but we've got a good chance of getting third and obviously we are still in the Welsh Cup, so everything we set out for is pretty much up for grabs still, so I've got to be pleased with the position we're in at the minute."

Kevin Monteiro's goal lit up the game but Preece was pleased with all three goals: "It was a super strike, a swinger as well, but I thought all the goals were really good.

"The move for Wiggy's goal was top drawer, really clever by Tony Gray and Kev's was a great strike and it was a great ball by Fraughan and Tony Gray does what he does best across the defender, so all three goals I was really pleased with."

Photo: Kevin Monteiro strikes the goal that broke the deadlock at Newtown.