FATIGUE PLAYED ITS PART - COLEMAN
Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted fatigue had been a factor as his side lost 2-0 to Mexico in New York.
The Dragons were beaten by a double from Monterrey striker Aldo De Nigris, with the goals coming during the latter stages of each half.
Wales were always likely to face a difficult test against a side 21 places above them in the world rankings without the likes of Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley, Wayne Hennessey, Darcy Blake and Andrew Crofts.
Those difficulties were added to by the oppressive heat and humidity of the mid-afternoon kick-off, and a lifeless playing surface at the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL teams.
Wales were unable to force a save from Mexico keeper Jesus Corona during the 90 minutes, and at the other end Jason Brown made a string of excellent stops.
Coleman could not fault the efforts of his players as they refused to buckle under near constant pressure, but was disappointed that the two goals had come from crosses.
He said: "It was a tough game for us, Mexico are a super team, they play with imagination and move the ball well.
"They have quality in most areas. We suffered with the weather, it was hot for us but we expected that.
"Teams don't come much better than Mexico but we gave everything we had.
"We got into good positions where maybe we could have done better but that was down to fatigue and taking the wrong option.
"We conceded the goals two minutes before the end of the first half and two minutes before the end of the game, so fatigue definitely played a part there.
"Our boys have had three weeks rest since the end of the season, we have had four training sessions, just four hours of preparation for this game.
"We knew conditions would be hot and humid and we are not used to that.
"The disappointing thing was we conceded the goals from crosses, an area we would not expect to concede from. We had worked very hard at nullifying Mexico's movement but we have been caught out twice from crosses."
Coleman reserved special praise for Aberdeen goalkeeper Brown's all-round display, as he took his chance to impress with Hennessey, Boaz Myhill and Lewis Price all missing through injury.
Coleman said: "He did great, he was fantastic.
"We try to build from the back, and that means that sometimes the keeper has a lot of the ball and not too many like to have the ball at their feet for too long.
"Throughout his career he has not been asked to do that and he did a great job.
"He is a cracking lad, a real nice guy and a good professional.
"He has worked very hard, he made some great saves and distributed well.
"Credit to him because it was difficult for him to come in at the last minute with Hennessey, Myhill and Price missing."
Mexico manager Jose Manuel de la Torre was content with his side's performance, and also paid tribute to Wales for their battling effort.
"We executed what we prepared for during the week, the result is positive but I would say we need to move on and improve further," he said.
"We have to continue to work on every aspect of our game, but we produced a lot of opportunities.
"The only way to win is to score and we know the most complicated thing is to create those chances, and that is one of the positives we can take away from this game.
"Wales are a good team, they are very strong physically and they were able to win those aspects of the game.
"They made things complicated for us and the humidity and fatigue created an issue for them."
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