BOSS Ryan Giggs has cleared Gareth Bale of all blame after hopes of a 1-0 defeat in Hungary last night in qualifying for the Euro 2020 in Wales had been clouded.
Bale, who has not scored a goal for three months, missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take Wales into the lead. He threw goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from 12 meters tame when he was completely unmarked.
It was a costly missed shot when midfielder Mate Patkai took the winner ten minutes from time, leaving Wales six points behind leaders of Group E Hungary.
Wales needed a strong performance from Bale to rekindle their hopes for Euro 2020, but the Real Madrid striker looked lazy and had trouble leaving an impression on the game.
"They have seen it in both games, many players are not fit enough," said Giggs after two defeats in Croatia and Hungary.
"Ask Gareth to play two games in a short time as he plays after not playing for six weeks, and we ask players to really do wonders.
"Ethan (Ampadu) did not really play, so I did well to get 50 minutes out of him and Brooksy (David Brooks) was the same.
"But in our defense we play one game less and we had two tough away games five weeks after the end of the season."
The half-time of the season is approaching and Wales is catching up for the first two places.
Wales is fourth, six points behind Hungary, behind Slovakia and Croatia.
The next game in Wales is a home game in September in Azerbaijan.
"We probably have to win almost every game now," said Giggs.
"I know it's early, and there are many more points, but we've really struggled.
"We're probably relying on the teams around us to score points because they're competitive.
"Of course we have to start winning, and if we do not win all the games, then the majority of them."
Giggs believes that Wales has paid the price for a sloppy defense in the past two games.
"We have made soft goals, which we have given in both games, and you can not do that," he said.
"The performance was not good enough in the first half, the pace was too slow and Hungary put too many pressure on us.
"The second half was much better, the ball was faster.
"We have seen the more dangerous team, but if you do not take your risk, the following will happen."