Manager Neville Powell proud of Bangor's efforts

Neville Powell
Powell succeeded Steve Bleasdale as Bangor manager in 2007

Bangor City manager Neville Powell has said he was proud of his players despite their 3-0 defeat against HJK Helsinki.

Two goals in either half from Berat Sadik and a late Sebastian Sorsa strike saw Bangor lose on their Champions League debut at Rhyl's Belle Vue.

"I'm proud of the way the players played," he said. "I couldn't have asked any more of the players.

"We've enjoyed it and we'll take what we can from it."

The Citizens dominated possession in the second half with Craig Garside wasting a glorious chance with six minutes remaining with the score 2-0.

Bangor face mountain to climb in next Tuesday's second leg in Finland but Powell refused to be downhearted.

"We're going to go over there and work them," Powell told BBC Sport Wales. "We're not going to go over there and play negative.

"We'll prepare properly, we'll go over there and we'll give a really good shot. It will be difficult because you're playing such a quality side."

"Our chance was really there tonight to maybe snatch a lead because we more than matched them for long periods of the game.

"It was never a 3-0 scoreline. The ball just wouldn't fall for us in the box. We've had good half chances and all of a sudden you get hit on the counter-attack twice.

"That's what we're up against, that's what the Champions League is all about."