Wales manager Ryan Giggs was delighted with the display from his boys in the 1-0 victory over Slovakia.
Wales kicked off their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign with a win, thanks to Daniel James‘ fifth-minute strike at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Their head coach, Ryan Giggs admits his side had to dig in at times against Slovakia, but at the end of the day, he was delighted with the display from his players.
“It’s not easy. I had to play it down beforehand when all the other teams have got points on the board and you do feel the pressure, and you feel that you’ve got to get off to a good start and win and that’s what we got,” Giggs told Sky Sports.
“I am proud in the performances and at the end, just digging in and keeping that clean sheet.”
“Especially in the first half, they showed really good composure,” Giggs added. “In the second we rode our luck a little bit.
“I felt we could have scored a couple more goals [in the] first half with the right decision-making in the final third. Some of the play was fantastic, paired with a lot of grit and determination at the end.
The Manchester United legend made 11 changes from Wednesday’s friendly game against Trinidad and Tobago, selecting a youthful line-up.
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However, the players justified his trust and finished their UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying opener against Slovakia with a 1-0 victory.
“I just said to the players we’ve got a great group of all the players, younger players, I wanted clean sheets.
“With the talent in the squad, we’re always going to create chances.”
“You’ve got to play them,” said Giggs. “Yes [it will be] a tough game, especially the first one, but we’ll prepare right and the lads are ready now. We’re confident and excited now.”