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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 22:14 GMT 23:14 UK
Hughes reveals winning hand
Craig Bellamy
Mark Hughes backed his attacking talent for the win
Wales manager Mark Hughes insists it was his all-out attacking approach that brought a famous victory against Italy.

Hughes backed his forward line of Ryan Giggs, Simon Davies, John Hartson and Craig Bellamy to deliver the goods in front of an ecstatic Millennium Stadium crowd.

Wales ran out deserved 2-1 victors and Hughes said: "I went for the win, I felt we had the weapons that could really worry them, and that's how it proved.


They were foxy and we just couldn't match them
Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni
"You will not have seen a performance like that in this stadium before.

"We restricted a great team to very few chances, and we then put in as good an attacking display as I have seen.

"The players should be proud of themselves. I'm not going to single anyone out, they were all magnificent."

Hughes insists on playing it cool, but even the experienced campaigner had difficulty containing his elation.

He said: "I still don't believe we are favourites to qualify, we have only played two games and we must keep our cool and keep working.

"But I don't think many teams would have coped with us the way we played."
Ryan Giggs and Christian Panucci
Ryan Giggs takes on the Italian defence

Hughes' captain Gary Speed, winning his 70th cap, added his praise for the front line.

"From my position at left-back it was a joy to watch, they're so exciting going forward.

"We looked like we were going to score every time we got the ball."

Under-fire Italian boss Giovanni Trapattoni was quick to praise his opponents.

"Wales were excellent. They were better than us physically, well organised, they were foxy and we just couldn't match them.

"We did all we could, but maybe our defenders are not what they were."

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