Giggs praises Wales players after Nations League win

7 September 2018, 08:02 | Updated: 7 September 2018, 08:15

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His players crushed Nations League opponents the Republic of Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff last night.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs claimed that "not many teams could have lived with us". 

Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale - with his 30th goal for Wales - Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts were on target before Republic substitute Shaun Williams provided some cheer for the visitors in a 4-1 defeat at Cardiff City Stadium.

The victory might not have erased the pain of Wales' World Cup elimination last October when the Republic won 1-0 at the same venue.

But the manner of the performance, with talented youngsters Ethan Ampadu and David Brooks excelling on their first competitive starts and Bale at his brilliant best, gave a tantalising glimpse of the bright future that could lie ahead under Giggs.

"I talked about expressing themselves and trusting each other, and that's what I got," Giggs said.

"We could have scored more, but to get four in any game is special.

"Credit to ourselves, not many teams could have lived with us tonight. I think we'd have given anyone a game.

"The young lads came in and did well, but I feel we have got 30 players who can be in the first XI. I never had that when I played for Wales."

Asked about 17-year-old Ampadu's display, Giggs added: "Ethan is a talent, but not only as a player, but as a person. He is so measured and mature and takes it all in his stride. I am really pleased for him."

And Giggs also enthused about a trademark box office display from Bale ahead of what is now likely to be an appointment with a full-strength Denmark in Aarhus on Sunday after a dispute about players' commercial rights was resolved.