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 Wales football news - August 2003.
Hughes hits back
Mark Hughes has hit back at some critics who have blamed Wales’ defeat in Belgrade on the manager being over-cautious with his team tactics.

Hughes saw his team slip to their first defeat in Group 9, with the result looking like it has handed the initiative to rivals Italy. With three qualifying games remaining Wales hold a two-point lead but have yet to confirm at least a play off place.

“I don't understand people who are saying we were too cautious, I have to say I can't understand the direction of that criticism. We were playing away from home and we were playing in Serbia where there was a hostile environment.” said Hughes.

Friday, August 22nd 2003.



Fulfil the dream
With the final stages of the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign now upon us, Mark Hughes is hoping he can fulfil a dream of participating in the final stages of major championship.

With expectations high amongst fans, Hughes has said he wants to keep the run of results going that will take his side to Portugal.

“We know we shall have a job to do and we don’t want to disappoint anybody”. – Mark Hughes

Sunday, August 10th 2003.





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