Wales manager Page takes positives from Nations League defeat

Wales, which had several first-choice players out injured, created a string of chances in the second half but Karol Swiderski's 57th-minute strike guided Poland to victory.

Wales manager Rob Page applauds fans after the match against Poland.

Wales manager Rob Page applauds fans after the match against Poland. | Photo Credit: REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Wales, which had several first-choice players out injured, created a string of chances in the second half but Karol Swiderski's 57th-minute strike guided Poland to victory.

Wales manager Rob Page said his side's 1-0 defeat to Poland is "not the end of the world" after it was relegated from the Nations League's top tier.

Wales, which had several first-choice players out injured, created a string of chances in the second half but Karol Swiderski's 57th-minute strike guided Poland to victory.

The defeat means World Cup-bound Wales has lost five of its six Nations League games.

"We're disappointed that we lost the game and we got relegated, but it's not the end of the world and we're now fully focused on the World Cup," Page told the media.

"Let's take a reality check, let's take a look at the opposition we've been up against in the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Our players are not playing week-in, week-out. We've had a lot of injuries coming into this.

"It's not going to derail us, it's not going to dent our confidence whatsoever."

Page said there were a lot of positives to take out of the performance but that they had to improve in the final third.

"We have to be ruthless with it as, against top teams, chances are few and far between," he added. "We've created a lot of chances tonight against a very good team but we haven't been ruthless enough."

Wales is in Group B at the November 20-December 18 World Cup in Qatar, along with England, the United States and Iran.

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