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A goal deep into injury time from England substitute Daniel Sturridge saw Wales suffer their first defeat of Euro 2016 on a dull afternoon in Lens. Conceding a last minute goal is bad enough, but when it costs your side the point that many felt would have been enough to see you through to the last-16, it's especially tough to take.
 
“We are against a good team in England but you can’t tell me my players deserve that," a clearly disappointed Chris Coleman told his post-game press conference. "Their effort was fantastic but playing against a top team, you have to ride your luck a bit. To lose it like that was gut wrenching for the players and of course for the supporters.
 
“The disappointment lasts but you can’t take it into the next game. If you go into this tournament and say it is all on the last game with you saying if you get a result you are going to get through then you have to take that."
 
Coleman admitted following the game that it was a hard one for his squad to accept but that they must now turn themselves around quickly in similar to fashion to the way England had to do after conceding late on against Russia last weekend.
 
“I think the disappointment is because we won the first one, we are one-nil up in the second one at half-time and then the fashion that we lost it was a bitter pill to take. But you look at England conceding late in the first game against Russia and they showed good courage to come back and win this one. We must however, put it to bed quickly and get ready for Russia.”
 
One thing that this result also means is that just one point separates England on top and Wales and Slovakia in the chasing pack while even Russia could still secure top spot as they prop up the rear of the table.
 
“I think it’s an exciting group this one. Russia could have got something out of the game against Slovakia. They started the game a bit late but the last twenty minutes they put some pressure on them. We know what Slovakia are all about so it won’t be an easy game for England.
 
“Russia have got experience but they will be hurting after that defeat to Slovakia. I think it’s going to be whichever teams can put their disappointments behind them that will prevail.”
 
Naturally the Welsh boss was not going to be overly critical of his side's battling performance as he concluded the press conference by pointing out that against a side like England you are going to be up against it.
 
“Rather than keeping the ball more we gave the ball back to England and that is the only criticism I can make of our team. Baler [Gareth Bale] worked his socks off, maybe at times he was too isolated but when you are up against a team like England then there are going to be periods when you are going to have to weather the storm."


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