Wales hero Harry Wilson appeared to take a swipe at FAW chief executive Noel Mooney during a lively night at Cardiff City Stadium, with manager Rob Page having to fight back tears when asked about speculation regarding the team’s future.
Wilson scored twice for Wales as they beat Croatia 2-1 on Sunday evening, reviving their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2024 in Germany. It means Wales now sit second in Group D, level on points with Croatia with just two games to go, and if they can maintain second place they will automatically qualify for next summer’s tournament.
Off-field headlines dominated the lead-up to the match, with reports that former Manchester United and Irishman Roy Keane had been selected to replace Page by CEO Mooney after a string of disappointing results.
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But the win and performance Sunday night showed everyone how committed the players are to Paige and his staff. Speaking to Sjurio on the pitch after the match, double-goal scorer Wilson said: “We support the manager 100%. We know there has been a lot of noise from outside, and some comments that haven’t been helpful to us in our preparations from people we didn’t really expect to come.” Comments from them honestly.
Wales coach Rob Page watched as he fought back tears in an emotional TV interview
As for Manager Paige, he was visibly emotional after the match and had to hold back tears when S4C interviewed him. When asked what kind of message the performance against Croatia sent, he said: “Actions speak louder than words. I’m sick and tired of having to come out and talk about my future.”
He added: “I get emotional sometimes because I’m proud of them and they deserve all the chats they’re going to get tonight. “When I have a group of players like this, and the staff, we can’t wait to get together and get ready for the next game.”
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