Wales manager Jayne Ludlow is looking forward to returning to “home base” Rodney Parade for Czech Republic friendly

Jayne Ludlow. Image by Jordan A Jones.

by Jamil Salih

JAYNE Ludlow’s side take on Czech Republic at Rodney Parade in what will be the highest attended friendly in the Wales Women’s teams history.

More than 1,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly match, which takes place on Thursday 4 April and Ludlow is hopeful of attracting an even bigger crowd come matchday.

The clash will be the first time that Wales have hosted a game since last August’s defeat to Phil Neville’s England in their 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifier showdown, which was also held at Rodney Parade.

“We’ve played a few away games between qualifying so it’s really nice to come back home,” said Ludlow at her Czech Republic squad announcement press conference.

“It’s been an interesting last four camps. Some have worked well, some haven’t. For us it’s been more about development in the friendlies we’ve played.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few more [supporters] by kick-off on Thursday. It’s going to be an event so the more people we can get to turn up the better.”

The Rodney Parade return for Wales comes following two friendlies against Republic of Ireland in Marbella which resulted in a goalless draw and a 1-0 Irish victory respectively.

“Rodney Parade gives us what we need, we look at it as a home base.

“When you look at the number of people we can get in that environment, it’s important that it creates a supportive environment that helps us moving forwards.”

The Wales boss also gave her observations on opponents Czech Republic and what her side can expect from the visitors.

“Czech Republic have been steadily growing over the last few years. They are a strong, physical team and they have a style of play that works for them.

“The plan in the off-period was to play as many different styles of teams as possible,” she added.

“It’s a different type of game compared to what we’ve dealt with over the last six months.”

Tickets for the record-breaking friendly are available here.