Page looks for positive reaction against Romania
International
13 November 2017

Page looks for positive reaction against Romania

Wales return to UEFA Under-21 qualifying action on Tuesday evening against group leaders Romania at Bangor City FC (6pm) as manager Rob Page and his side reach the halfway stage of the campaign.

Wales v Romania

UEFA UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER

  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017 
  • VSM Bangor City FC Stadium, Bangor
  • Kick off: 18:00
  • Coverage: Live on S4C
  • Free download: Wales U21 Match Programme

It was a frustrating night for Page and his players on Friday as their first home game of their qualifying campaign ended with a 4-0 defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Bangor.

However, while Page conceded that the level of performance on the night was a poor reflection of his team, the side created a number chances throughout the match, but lacked the ability to finish their chances as clinically as their opponents.

“At this level you need everyone to be on form, and if you're not, you will get punished,” reflected Page when he spoke to FAW TV after the match. “We're bitterly disappointed, and looking at the performance there are areas we need to address and put right.

"The only positive we take is that we've got another game on Tuesday. We'll watch the game back and we will learn from it. We weren't brave enough on the ball and we've created our own problems by giving the ball away too much, and that isn't like us.” 

A capacity crowd welcomed the side to Bangor on Friday, and Page was keen to thank the fans for their support after opening the campaign with three away games. “We waited a long time for this home game in front of our own supporters and I want to thank them for coming out in their numbers.”

Romania are currently undefeated at the top of Group 8, but had to come from behind against Portugal on Friday to claim the share of the points in a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Wales are now five points behind the group leaders in fourth place, and Page will be desperate for his side to make amends for this latest setback in the campaign when the two teams meet on Tuesday night.

“We've got another tough test against the team that are top of the group and had another good result on Friday,” Page added. “We will be working hard to put things right.” 

Captain Joe Rodon has had to withdraw from the squad with a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Swansea City team-mate Cian Harries.

Meanwhile, Joe Morrell missed the defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina through illness but is expected to return to the squad for the match against Romania. 

The match against Romania kicks-off at 6pm and will be shown live on S4C Sgorio.