Ryan Giggs says he knows why several Wales fans were disappointed that Gareth Bale was left out of Wednesday’s friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago.

Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground was sold out for Wales’ first match in the north since 2008.

But some supporters were left disappointed since Giggs fielded a second string team ahead of Sunday’s opening Euro 20 20 qualifier against Slovakia.

“they would like to see the kind of Gareth. However, it’s my job to make certain we have been ready for Sunday.

“Gareth got his first 90 minutes in three weeks [for Real Madrid last weekend], took part in just a tiny bit of training yesterday, then trained this afternoon, really well.

“So it was simply as much of a risk with Sunday in mind. That was true with some of the players. I gave the possibility for players to push forwards for Sunday, but additionally keeping players fresh.”

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey missed the game with a thigh problem and Bournemouth’s David Brooks was absent with an arm, together with Harry Wilson along with Connor Roberts left on the bench.

Giggs said:”Initially when I planned the game, it was definitely going to be considered a first half [at full strength] and then we make changes.

“But Brooksy chose a knock at the weekend on his foot, Harry has played a lot of matches, Connor has played a lot of games. Aaron acquired that little knock. It gave me the chance to care for them at the onset of week.”

Since Giggs made wholesale changes to his side to manage Trinidad and Tobago, an unfamiliar looking Wales team fought to impose themselves on their competitors ranked 93rd in the whole world.

Former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe, that was simply a part of the BBC Radio Wales commentary team for its game, said in the first half:”It’s looking like a couple of players that have been thrown together, not knowing when to pass it.”

Wales had a leak in the second half when Chris Gunter removed off the line from Trinidad and Tobago’s Aubrey David.

“The performance, first half particularly, I was really delighted with,” said Giggs.

“We had a few days to work on several things and believed we did that in the first half without that final third composure, without even making the perfect decisions and using a bit of quality.

“Trinidad and Tobago didn’t possess such a thing. But then I reminded the players at half time roughly Albania [where Wales lost in November]. This was the exact same in Albania, therefore that we had to maintain that clean sheet.

Credit to Trinidad and Tobago, in the next half they made it difficult for us. We simply had to be patient.

“To score late in the game is a good feature for teams to have, so I am very delighted with the outcome.”


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