Ryan Giggs admitted his Wales side required to win their opening qualifier for Euro 20 20 once they overcome Slovakia 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Dan James’ early attack proved enough onto a nervy day at the Welsh capital.
Both Slovakia and group championships Croatia acquired their launching qualifiers, contributing to the pressure for Wales.
“You play it down before the match, however when Croatia and Slovakia have got off to a winning start, and it gets it fine for all of us to do the very same,” Giggs said.
“At the end we had to work for this, but overall I’m delighted with the outcome.
“You strive and not make a lot of it, but we didn’t want to move to the two games away in June without issues or one point.”
James agreed that the players knew what was at stake.
“I presume with one other teams getting points on the board at the very first game it had been very crucial for all of us to get off to a good beginning,” he explained.
“It is a massive result, we’ve got two tough games in 3 days in summer time months, so we’ll need to prepare right.”
James said his original goal for Wales was a fantasy moment, as he continued his recent fine form for club side Swansea City.
“I feel that the ball simply popped up for me personally and after I hit it I knew that it had been in. It had been a very long game after that, we had to dig and then we did,” he explained.
“They put us under some pressure but I think we revealed because we now have sometimes that we’re able to grind ends out.
“It was amazing for mepersonally, a joyful moment for me personally and also my family also to get the target makes it better.”
‘He can give them nightmares’
Giggs considers James could have left an impression on the Slovakian defenders.
“Dan has taken his club football into international football, because he has been burning,” the director added.