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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Hughes hails forward duo
Hughes gave Giggs a standing ovation at the end
Wales manager Mark Hughes praised the roles of goal-scorer Paul Parry and man-of-the-match Ryan Giggs after the 1-0 win over Canada in Wrexham.

"Parry's had a great start to his international career and I hope it's going to be a long one," said Hughes.

"He's come in and had an instant impact and has the knack of not giving the ball away, manager's love that.

"Ryan's had a great season and was special today, that's why I gave him a standing ovation at the end."

People who question the value of friendlies should look at our last two games
Mark Hughes
Although he was delighted with the result, Hughes felt that it could have been more emphatic.

"The squad have shown real commitment, delivering both the performance and result - we only got one of those against Norway," Hughes told BBC Sport Wales.

"With a bit more care, though, we could have scored more goals."

The Wales boss felt that the 0-0 draw in Norway and the win over Canada had been of great value as Wales build for the autumn's World Cup qualifying campaign.

"People who question the value of friendlies should look at those two games," said Hughes.

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy spurned a number of good chances against Canada
"I've been delighted with the reaction of the players ever since we lost to Russia in the Euro 2004 play-offs, sometimes you learn more from disappointment than from success.

"We've brought in new faces and that has helped the squad, we're progressing again and that's important ahead of the World Cup games.

"We have more depth to the squad, and we have a number of players to come back from injury.

"We can go off for the summer in good heart, that's why it was important to get that win."

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