Wales manager Rob Page says his side’s failure to make it through the next stage of the UEFA Nations League is an eye opener. His team lost 1-0 to Poland on Monday in a tight match at the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales.
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Wales, who had several first-choice players out injured, created a string of chances in the second half but Karol Swiderski’s 57th-minute strike gave Poland victory.
The defeat means World Cup-bound Wales have lost five of their six Nations League games.
Page says their lost is “not the end of the world” as the team shifts its focus on the FIFA World Cup tournament taking place in November.
“We’re disappointed that we lost the game and we got relegated, but it’s not the end of the world and we’re now fully focused on the World Cup,” says Page.
“Let’s take a reality check, let’s take a look at the opposition we’ve been up against in the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Our players are not playing week-in, week-out. We’ve had a lot of injuries coming into this.
“It’s not going to derail us, it’s not going to dent our confidence whatsoever.”
Page says there were a lot of positives to take out of the performance but that they had to improve in the final third.
“We have to be ruthless with it as, against top teams, chances are few and far between,” he added. “We’ve created a lot of chances tonight against a very good team but we haven’t been ruthless enough.”