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Tactical Giggs presses on with Slovakia plan

Wales Manager Ryan Giggs hugs Chris Gunter after last night's final whistle. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images

Ryan Giggs says his determination to press home Wales' "advantage" at the start of their European Championship campaign was the reason behind fielding a second-string side in the 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale and other key players were missing as Ben Woodburn's injury-time winner secured Wales a narrow success at Wrexham.

The game marked Wales' return to the Racecourse Ground - the oldest existing ground in the world to stage international football - for the first time since 2008, and much had been made of the national team's return to the north after 11 years.

But the 10,326-capacity crowd were left disappointed by Giggs' team selection with the senior players stood down four days before the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in Cardiff.

Slovakia start their Group E campaign at home to Hungary on Thursday night before playing Wales less than 72 hours later on Sunday afternoon.

We have the advantage in this first game. Slovakia play Thursday then Sunday, it's a two-and-a-half day turnaround.

I wanted to make sure that we made that advantage count this week, both physically and mentally. Of course it's disappointing for the fans. They want to see the likes of Gareth, but it's my job to make sure we are ready for Sunday."

– Ryan Giggs, Wales manager