A Big Honour For Connor, But Roberts Is Fixed on Victory For Wales

Connor Roberts insists Wales can beat Latvia in Riga tonight and still make it to the finals of Euro 2024.

But the Wales defender is clear that if that journey fails to reach its destination, then Wales fans have to be realistic about the number of finals a small nation can regularly attend.


The Burnley player will reach the landmark of his 50th cap against the Latvians in a game Wales must win to keep alive realistic hopes of getting out of their group.


Being a top-tier team in the last edition of the Nations League will offer them the safety net of a play-off place, meaning there are two bites at the cherry.

“I think there’s a bit of a determination to not feel like we did after those previous two games (defeats to Armenia and Turkey),” said Burnley wing-back Roberts, 27, who is set to win his 50th cap at Riga’s Skonto Stadium. The only way to not feel like that is to win the game or to play well. It’s just remembering what got us to be performing well and to qualify for big competitions and to win games before.

‘’That is hard work and dedication, but I think we would be naive to think that we’re going to qualify for every single tournament going forward and win loads of games. We are still a small nation in the grand scheme of things. So, we have to keep our feet on the ground and realise where we’ve come from.”


With the international break in full swing, both Cardiff City and Swansea City – Roberts’ former club – were not in action at the weekend. That left the stage clear for Wrexham and Newport County to grab the spotlight with their fixtures in League Two.


Elliot Lee hit an 88th-minute winner for Wrexham to beat basement outfit Doncaster Rovers, 2-1 at the Racecourse Ground.

Luke Young broke the deadlock for the Reds, before Mo Faal levelled for Rovers, but Lee had the last word.

Perhaps even more noteworthy for Wrexham was the fact that key striker Paul Mullin returned from the punctured lung he suffered on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Mullin came on after an hour, while there was also an appearance off the bench from the club’s new striker, veteran Scottish marksman, Steven Fletcher.


Wrexham have now climbed to seventh in the table – just inside the play-off positions – and manager Phil Parkinson said: “You could see the lift in the stadium when he (Mullin) came on. He has been a key player for us over the last couple of seasons and the incident in America was a real setback, you can’t deny that.

“You go on tour and lose one of your key players but as ever, you have got to respond to those situations, and I feel we have done.

“We have missed him, but the lads have done incredibly well while we have been waiting for Mulls to come back. We have got another week on the training ground with him and that is going to be really important. Obviously he has got work to do but he is a fit lad and each day he is getting stronger and stronger.”


Newport are back down to 14th after they were beaten 4-1 at Crawley Town, where Adam Campbell scored a double.

Newport manager Graham Coughlan admitted: “We didn’t turn up. They were better than us all day. We made too many mistakes; we just weren’t at it.

“They looked after the ball better than we did. We helped them along the way, let’s be honest. We made basic errors and weren’t ourselves. That’s not my team, that’s not us.”