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Wales and Rob Page booed off after embarassing Gibraltar draw

Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by Gibraltar in a friendly.

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Wales and head coach Rob Page were met with boos at full-time after they drew 0-0 to Gibraltar.

Supporters were making their feelings known after failing to sweep aside their opponents in a friendly and there could be chants asking for the manager to be sacked heard from the stands.

Page has been under fire for some time now after Wales were beaten at home by Armenia last year, subsequently going on to miss out on qualification for Euro 2024.

And now after this result against a side ranked 203rd in the world and without a win since 2022, pressure is building at an alarming rate on the Welsh boss.

Speaking after the game to BBC Wales, he said: “They are entitled to their opinion, absolutely. I get it, I completely get it.

“I’m a Welsh supporter as well as the manager, I’m disappointed.

“But I have to keep saying about the bigger picture and I’ll probably get criticised for that.

“It’s the bigger picture and we’re not going to lose focus on what we’ve done.”

It has been a mixed tenure in charge for Page.

Wales qualified for their first World Cup in 64 years under him but flopped at the tournament in Qatar.

Their anger at failing to make it back to the Euros has put the nation in a dark mood but there is a bigger picture to look at.

Wales are unbeaten in their last eight matches and the head coach insisted that fans have to look at things long-term.

He added: “That’s a question you should ask the board or the chief exec or the president, not myself.

“I’m not going to lose focus on the long-term plan we’ve got.

“It’s a draw against a Gibraltar team that we’re really disappointed with and our focus is on getting the team and squad ready for September to win Nations League games.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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