Robert Web page: Supervisor hails Wales character earlier than must-win Poland recreation
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Wales supervisor Robert Web page praised his facet’s character after a battling 2-1 defeat in Belgium arrange a must-win recreation in opposition to Poland on Sunday.
Wales nearly pulled off an unlikely comeback and now have to beat Poland in Cardiff to maintain their place within the high tier of the Nations League.
“That is the sport we need to win on Sunday. It is a last,” stated Web page.
“There’s been classes learnt right here to take into the World Cup. I stated to them within the altering room, we have requested for this.
“By qualifying for the World Cup, we’re asking to compete in opposition to nations like Belgium, like Holland, and we have been within the video games proper up till the top. It speaks volumes about that group of gamers.
“It is the character of the gamers – they’re going to by no means hand over. We have proved it time and time once more in opposition to world-class opposition.
“Tactically, after all we will should make tweaks and modifications. They’re the quantity two seed on this planet, by the way in which. We have come away from dwelling, it is 2-1 on the demise and we’re nonetheless creating possibilities.
“There’s too many positives – I am not going to be unfavourable. It is one recreation now. If we have come from June to now the place we have certified for the World Cup and stayed within the division [Nations League A] then that is a large achievement for these gamers.”
That is Wales’ first marketing campaign on the highest degree of the Nations League, having received their group within the second tier final outing.
Thursday’s defeat in opposition to Belgium saved Wales backside of their group with 4 defeats from 5 however earlier outcomes weren’t helped by Web page having to subject largely second-string sides in June as he ready for what would change into a historic World Cup play-off victory over Ukraine.
He was compelled to depend on his fringe gamers once more in Brussels. Wales had been overwhelmed within the first half in opposition to Belgium, severely weakened by the absence of injured first-team gamers resembling Ben Davies, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Harry Wilson.
Captain Gareth Bale solely appeared as a second-half substitute, with Web page managing the 33-year-old’s workload given his restricted game-time with Los Angeles FC this season.
Nevertheless, Web page hinted the previous Actual Madrid ahead may begin in opposition to Poland.
“The plan was all the time to play him as couple of minutes as we presumably may [against Belgium] with one eye on Sunday,” he stated.
“We have simply bought to get better the lads. There will be some modifications made and we’ll go and put a staff out to win the sport.”