Wales fluff their lines on big stage
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.”