Ben Davies fires back at Giggs critics


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Wales defender Ben Davies has defended manager Ryan Giggs after two defeats on the road this month.

The Welsh went down 2-1 in Croatia and then suffered a 1-0 defeat in Hungary to leave their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 in the balance.

Wales trail group leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, while Croatia and Slovakia are both three points ahead of Giggs’ side.

The former Manchester United star has come in for criticism as his side face the prospect of missing out on a place in the tournament, but Davies has offered the manager his backing.

“He’s brought a lot of young players in and we are all accountable for it,” said the Spurs defender.

“We have to stick together, it’s not a time to be nitpicking and pointing fingers. I just didn’t think it was a very good performance from us [against Hungary], we didn’t play the way we can.”

Wales are next in action in September when they host Azerbaijan in qualifying. The Dragons have five qualifiers left and probably need to win at least four of those games if they are to secure a spot at Euro 2020.

Wales reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016 and are 101.00 to win Euro 2020 outright, France are the current 4.33 favourites and holders Portugal are 17.00.

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