Liverpool Starlet Ben Woodburn Provides Brilliant Assist in Wales Win

Beth Cruz
September 7, 2017

But as they have wilted - the Republic have won none of their last four qualifiers - Slavoljub Muslin's men have not and in the shape of Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Filip Kostic, Dusan Tadic and Aleksandar Mitrovic, they boast a combination of experience and quality which has proved hugely effective.

"We have a laugh with him and make him feel welcome".

"He was a really nice guy and we let him down. He's Welsh anyway, so he's ours", the Real Madrid star added. "We have to go to Moldova and do the same, but the feeling is that we can have momentum again".

In his two brief appearances in the last 4 days he has scored a victor and broke the deadlock in Wales' two World Cup qualifiers and in doing so has significantly boosted their chance of heading to Russian Federation next summer. You have to fancy Serbia but we have to try and get second.

"This is important, too, but if I didn't believe we could do it we wouldn't be here".

"We've got a huge game in Tblisi next (against Georgia), we have to try to keep it alive and keep going". "When that individual scores we are so happy for them but also happy for us as a nation".

Ireland were more impressive than they had been in drawing 1-1 against Georgia at the weekend but failed to seriously trouble Vladimir Stojkovic in the Serbia goal.

Boss Coleman's only previous game in Moldova still sends a shiver down his spine.

Mike Smith's side crashed 3-2 in the minnows' first competitive fixture in a Euro 96 qualifier.

"I said that to the players in the dressing room". He feared the worst when he came for a look around last month but was pleasantly surprised by the progress the former Soviet republic has made. The country was in a lot of trouble at the time.

"We had an ice bath. quiet night". We had to be patient but everything we asked of the boys, they did.

But Coleman insists Wales have not given up on top spot after their 2-0 win in Moldova moved them above the Republic into second place.

It must be noted, though, Wales had to escape a few scares in the first-half as both Alexandru Dedov and Arthur Ionita had efforts from distant, but neither shots forced Wayne Hennessey into making a save as such.

"It's all in our hands, we have to do it the hard way but we can still do it". "It's very small, tight and narrow, but a lovely little stadium".

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