Robert Page praises Gareth Bale after he leads Wales to victory

Thu 17 June 2021 | 3:55

Robert Page hailed the Wales international’s character after he pushed even harder when missed a penalty to get his country to the Euro 2020’s knockout stage.

Gareth Bale

had an opportunity to score Wales’s second goal but he laid on

Aaron Ramsey

’s opening goal and then assisted

Conner Roberts

to meet their next target in a 2-0 win over Turkey.

Wales have earned four points in two Group A games and are getting ready to go against Italy on Sunday.

Without his two assists we don’t win that game, it’s as simple as that,”

Page said of Bale.

“He showed an enormous amount of courage to react in a positive way from the penalty miss, and that speaks a lot about him as a man.

“I think it’s unfair to put that pressure of: ‘Oh, he hasn’t scored.’ Only he could have come in on his left foot and played that ball to Aaron [for the opening goal].

“And it is only him at the end that would have thought and had the pace and power to get past the defender from a short corner and do what he did for Connor to finish. It’s not just about scoring goals, it’s about being a team player and setting goals up. He’s certainly done that.”

Aside from praising the display of Bale and Ramsey, Page went on to mention Wales’s unity as a crucial factor in their win in Azerbaijan.

I’m the luckiest Welshman,”

Page, the interim manager, said.

“I’m so proud to be a part of this team. I’ve got a great coaching staff behind me too and they deserve a lot of credit.

“We’ve got a lot of players not playing domestic football week in, week out. What is it? Is it the crest on their chest that makes them raise their game? It must be. It’s playing for Wales. It’s powerful and everybody would walk on broken glass to get into this squad. Credit goes to the players.”

The Wales captain revealed that Ramsey and his link-up play was due to their longstanding relationship.

It’s been there for many years,”

the 31-year-old forward said.

“We’ve done it for a while now. We always play for the shirt, we work hard as a team and it was great for him to get us off to a good start. Hopefully we can keep playing well for the remainder of the tournament.”

source: SportMob

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