Giggs delighted for Wales hero Wilson

Ryan Giggs has joked that he fined Harry Wilson, Wales' hero in the Republic of Ireland, for scoring against his beloved Manchester United.

Published : Oct 17, 2018 10:12 IST

Harry Wilson scores Wales' winner against the Republic of Ireland.
Harry Wilson scores Wales' winner against the Republic of Ireland.

Harry Wilson scores Wales' winner against the Republic of Ireland.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs lauded Harry Wilson for his exceptional free-kick against the Republic of Ireland, joking that he fined the youngster for scoring a similar goal against Manchester United earlier in the season.

Wilson's sensational set-piece strike proved the difference in Dublin on Tuesday, as Wales moved top of its Nations League group with a 1-0 victory.

The Liverpool winger - on loan at Derby County in the Championship - scored an equally impressive free-kick against Giggs' former club United in the EFL Cup in September, and the Wales manager was delighted to see Wilson continue his form on the international stage.

"Harry Wilson, I fined him for the goal at Old Trafford a few weeks ago, I won't be tonight!" Giggs joked to  Sky Sports .

"He does it all the time in training; it's practice, practice, practice. I'm so proud - they dug in right to the end. It was a brilliant second-half performance.

"The determination pleased me, to not give a goal away. We set out to win the group. It's a tough group and now it is in our hands."

READ | Republic of Ireland 0 Wales 1: Wilson stunner moves Giggs' side top

Wales is already guaranteed a place in pot two of the draw for Euro 2020 qualifying, and a win against Denmark in its next outing will secure promotion to the top tier of the Nations League.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be relegated to League C should Giggs' side fail to beat the Danes, and Martin O'Neill lamented a lack of creativity in his squad after the home defeat.

"I felt we should have scored early on, and we are not renowned for scoring a lot of goals so we need to take our chances," O'Neill told Sky Sports .

"It was a grandstand finish and I thought we could have got something, but I thought there were a lot of positives despite the result. They have a great spirit, we lack a little bit of technical ability. We have spirit in abundance but that won't take you everywhere. We need to be more creative if we can."

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