Rob Page believes Wales are heading into their crunch Euro 2024 qualifier in Latvia with renewed confidence after holding South Korea to a Cardiff draw.
Wales have now gained solely as soon as in 13 video games, however Page accentuated the positives after a goalless stalemate in opposition to opponents who reached the final 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“There’s lots of positives and we take that momentum and confidence into a tough game on Monday,” Page stated after Wales had returned to motion following damaging Euro 2024 qualifying defeats by Armenia and Turkey in June.
“JJ (Jordan James) has had a very good debut and he’s had that experience under his belt against a world-class team.
“It’s building confidence ahead of Monday and getting rid of the disappointment of June’s camp.
“They’ve reacted in a positive way. We’ve had meetings through the week regards to the defenders and the goals we’ve conceded.
“We’ve kept a clean sheet against a technically good team with one of the best strikers (Son Heung-min) in world football, and at the end we could have won it 1-0 with Kieffer’s header.”
Substitute Kieffer Moore virtually broke the impasse after 66 minutes when his header got here again off a submit.
Skipper Aaron Ramsey, who has simply entered the motion on the hour, was unable to prod residence the rebound from a yard out.
Brennan Johnson performed the primary 45 minutes after finishing a £47.5million transfer from Nottingham Forest to Tottenham on deadline day as Page chosen a far stronger facet than most had anticipated earlier than their Latvia take a look at in Riga.
Page stated: “There’s been lots said since the last camp. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. It’s not a problem.
“I know what I’ve got in the changing room and the staff room. It’s about winning games of football, I get that. The transition we’re in, we’ve lost some world-class players.
“You would have seen the reaction of the players. I’m really pleased with them.
“I’m proud of how we defended. That was back to our identity.
“That’s the level of performance we reached in March, away against Croatia and at home against Latvia.
“We didn’t meet those standards in June and that’s what disappointed me the most, but we were back to those standards here.”
Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed as South Korea head coach in February and has didn’t win any of his 5 video games in cost – drawing three and shedding two.
“It was a very good test for us and I am pleased with what the players showed,” stated Klinsmann, the previous Germany and United States boss.
“Wales had a back five that was very difficult to break. As a team we want to see development, we want to see them grow and every game helps us.
“This is the moment in these friendly games to try these things out, you can see that the team has changed since my first game in March.”