Wales fluff their lines on big stage

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WALES boss Ryan Giggs said his play­ers were given a Span­ish les­son and ex­pressed huge dis­ap­point­ment they had blown their big re­turn to the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

More than 50,000 fans turned up for a Thurs­day night friendly to watch Wales crash 4-1 to Spain in Cardiff.

Giggs was de­lighted with the at­ten­dance fig­ure and said af­ter­wards more games could be played in the 74,000-seater ground.

But he be­moaned the man­ner in which his de­fence let Spain score twice from set-pieces.

“You have to do the basics right against any team, but you cer­tainly have to do them right against a very good side and we didn’t. It was dis­ap­point­ing to con­cede some of the goals we did,” said Giggs.

“The build-up to the game was mag­nif­i­cent, we loved it trav­el­ling to the sta­dium on the coach, and could feel the buzz.

“It was dif­fer­ent, a game peo­ple were look­ing for­ward to and it’s dis­ap­point­ing we let our­selves down and didn’t give them them more to cheer about.

“It’s very re­ward­ing to get 50,000 for a Thurs­day night friendly and that’s credit to the play­ers as well. The fans had come to see them af­ter they were mag­nif­i­cent in beat­ing Ire­land 4-1 at home last time. But this time we were dis­ap­point­ing.

“It was a les­son for a lot of the play­ers and they will learn from it and be­come stronger for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We will be a lot bet­ter against Ire­land on Tues­day night.”

Giggs said: “I don’t think the sta­dium had any bear­ing on the re­sult.

“The game could have been on a parks pitch, but if you don’t do the basics right the re­sult will al­ways be the same.

“The goals we con­ceded were re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.

“I chal­lenged the play­ers to win the sec­ond half. They didn’t do that, but at least we drew it and our goal gave the fans some­thing to cheer.”

Asked about re­turn­ing to the venue again, Giggs said: “As I’ve said be­fore, we will take each game on its merit.

“Cardiff City is our home, we’ve a good record there, but be­fore kick-off this was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion to come back here.

“It kind of rein­vig­o­rated ev­ery­body, it was just a shame we didn’t per­form as well as we can.”

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