Ryan Giggs criticises Wales after Spain defeat but expects reaction against Republic of Ireland
Last Updated: 12/10/18 9:52am
Ryan Giggs criticised his Wales team following their 4-1 defeat to Spain, calling out their inability to do "the basics right".
This was probably Giggs' biggest test of his managerial career but without Gareth Bale - who was missing with a groin problem - they were second best as Paco Alcacer netted twice while Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra also headed home.
Sam Vokes scored a late consolation for the hosts but Giggs did not see too many positives in the performance.
"We came up against a very good team," he said.
"They are comfortable on the ball and when they lost it they got it back quickly - all the things we knew. The disappointing thing for me was not doing the basics. In football you have to do the basics right, even if you come up against an average team. But when you come up against a really good team and don't do the basics right, you're in trouble.
"There was so many mistakes - we conceded some poor goals. To concede that early against this team so early, you're up against it and you have to chase."
Wales now gather themselves for an important Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday amid doubts about the fitness of Bale, who Giggs said was "very unlikely" to be fit for the match in Dublin.
Giggs is adamant Wales will cut out the sloppy mistakes and put on a better show against the team they thrashed 4-1 in Cardiff in September.
"That's the good thing about football, you've always got the next game," he said.
"In the last camp we lost to Denmark and you have to wait a month. This time we got beat well in the first game and now we have to react. It will be another tough game but we will be better."