OTJ: 'C' squad win would be very special
International
18 March 2019

OTJ: 'C' squad win would be very special

Wales C travel to Salford City on Tuesday (19 March) to face off against England C in the second annual fixture for Mark Jones and his squad.

C International Match

ENGLAND vs WALES

  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019
  • The Peninsula Stadium, Salford City FC
  • Kick off: 7:45pm
  • Coverage: Live on S4C

Last year’s game at Jenner Park was a 3-2 thriller, with England just coming out on top and taking all three points back across the border with them, and preparations have been going well for this week’s reverse fixture. 

“We just want to get going now,” Wales Assistant Manager Owain Tudur Jones said.

“It has been a fantastic experience. We’re fortunate to have the experience of last year’s game under our belts too, because we know what to expect in terms of being on camp like this, in terms of training, and what to expect from England too.”

A second-half fightback from Wales at Barry last year wasn’t quite enough to see a draw or a win secured in the ‘C’ squad’s first outing, but Tudur Jones confesses there was a real feeling of pride at the end of the game from the team regarding the performance.

The former Wales international says the ‘C’ squad has been working hard in training and notes how much a positive result against England on Tuesday would mean to him and the side. 

“We’d be delighted to secure a positive result on Tuesday night. There was quite a strange feeling after the game last year where we’d lost the game at home but at the same time there was a lot of pride as every player came off the pitch having given absolutely everything.

There was quite a strange feeling after the game last year where we’d lost the game at home but at the same time there was a lot of pride as every player came off the pitch having given absolutely everything.

– Owain Tudur Jones (Wales C Assistant Manager)

“We want that same level of commitment again, but this time we want that feeling of having secured a positive result too, a feeling that we’ve won the game, that’s why we’ve come here at the end of the day.

“There’s a lot of work to do before then, but we want that feeling in the dressing room after the game of having worked so hard and getting the win as a result, that would be very special.”

Although the result wasn’t what the ‘C’ squad wanted last year in their first fixture, Tudur Jones says the side can learn a lot from that experience and feels aspects of last year’s performance should give the team real confidence. 

“The biggest evolution we hope to see from the team is that they learn from their experiences last year. We showed a bit too much respect to England in the opening stages of the game and we lost because of the mistakes we made.

 “Even though they are good players that we’re up against, they’re no better than us and I think the team proved that at times during the game last year. We can take a lot from last year’s game.”