FIFA World Cup 2022: We fell below standards we set, says Wales coach Rob Page after Iran loss
Wales coach Rob Page was disappointed with his team's performance on Friday as they lost to Iran by two goals. Page said that the team fell below the standards they had set for themselves.
- Wales were stunned by Iran on Friday in the Group B encounter
- Page said that he was unhappy with the team's performance on Friday
- Page said Wales hopes to complete the tournament on a high
By India Today Web Desk: Wales coach Rob Page expressed his disappointment with the team's performance after their 2-0 loss to Iran on Friday which all but ended their hopes of progressing to the Round Of 16.
Iran secured the win on Friday with late goals from Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian in the eighth and 11th minutes of stoppage time to get their first victory of the campaign.
Speaking to the reporters after the match, Page, as quoted by Reuters, said that he felt disappointed because the team fell below the standards they had set which got them success and qualification for the tournament.
"I am disappointed because we fell below the standards we set, that got us success and qualification for the World Cup," Page told reporters.
"If we'd have met those standards and made those performances we would have been alright. But we fell below that and when you do that in top competitions you get punished.
Page said that Iran posed a constant threat throughout the game and he wasn't happy with his team even before Wayne Hennessey was shown a red card for his foul Mehdi Taremi.
"Iran posed a constant threat. We just could not get going and that really disappoints me the most."
"We want to finish the competition on a high, if it is in our hands to go through. We want to finish with a good performance and a win," Page added of Tuesday's England game.
"We are low at the minute but we are going to get back up tomorrow and get ready for another tough game."
Captain Gareth Bale said that the team felt gutted after the result on Friday and said they will have to recover and go again.
"It is going to be difficult for us for sure. We will have to see. What can I say? We recover and we have to go again," said the 33-year-old, who had little impact in the Welsh attack.