Ben Davies admits Wales has ‘a lot of work to do’ after Albania standoff
Ben Davies has admitted that Wales have a lot of work to do after being held 0-0 by Albania in their final warm-up match for Euro 2020.
Wales drew in front of goal for the second game in a row after losing 3-0 to France on Wednesday.
The Dragons begin their European Championship campaign against Switzerland in Baku on June 12.
“There’s a lot to work on after this game,” said Tottenham defender Davies, who captained Wales with Gareth Bale on the bench until the final 20 minutes.
âWe had a plan, but it didn’t go exactly as we planned.
âThere’s a lot of work to work on this week, but I’d much rather things go wrong in this game than in the tournament.
âI don’t think there is panic, but it highlights some things where we need to do a lot better.
âWe’re going to work on it this week and get ready for the big games that lie ahead. “
Acting boss Robert Page opted for training with Aaron Ramsey deployed in a fake nine role and David Brooks and Tyler Roberts used it extensively.
But Wales failed to put any pressure on the Albanian defense until a system change in the second half and the introduction of Kieffer Moore and Bale in their attack.
Moore, who fell out of favor under Page starting just two of his eight games in charge, and Neco Williams came closer in the later stages, but Wales couldn’t find a winner.
“Any system we can play is options,” said Davies, who started his first game since March 18 after a calf problem.
âIt was pretty clear to see in the second half when we were a lot more dominant.
âIt’s a different way of playing. But that doesn’t mean the way we played in the first half won’t work against someone else.
“It’s another clean sheet and I thought the second half was a lot better even though we didn’t score the goal we wanted.”
Manchester United winger Daniel James and Luton midfielder Joe Morrell missed the game due to illness and injury, respectively.
James was shot down by a bug and Morrell has bone bruises from a kick, but Page said both players would be on Monday’s flight to Baku.
Page said: âThey’re both on the grass tomorrow and they’ll all be on the plane.
âIt was frustrating because we didn’t really get everyone together in the starting XI, but we don’t want to show our hand either.
âThe first half, I thought we were a little behind, the second half, we were much better.
âThe change helped, it allowed us to go higher on the pitch and we put the ball in more dangerous positions. It was a beneficial exercise.