Chris Coleman praises 'heroic' Wales performances in win over Georgia

  • Chris Coleman praises 'heroic' Wales performances in win over Georgia

Chris Coleman praises 'heroic' Wales performances in win over Georgia

Wales travel to Georgia on Friday evening without Gareth Bale, but looking to cement second spot in World Cup Qualifying Group D.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has welcomed the pressure of claiming a World Cup play-off place going down to the final game.

Wales looked the more likely to add a second goal before eventually settling for a one-goal victory, with Georgia offering little as an attacking force despite holding the possession advantage.

Real Madrid star Bale was restricted to 19 LaLiga appearances in an injury interrupted 2016-17 campaign, having only played 23 in the previous season. Topping the group is not out of the question, but the consensus view is that Wales need at least four points from these last two qualifiers to secure a playoff spot as runners-up.

Former Wales global Giggs had to make major changes to ensure his Manchester United career lasted until beyond his 40th birthday and he believes Bale should do the same to stop injuries from defining him.

A damaging run of five successive draws appeared to have nixed their qualification hopes, but consecutive wins - and clean sheets - against Austria, Moldova and Georgia have got them back on track. "We're still strong enough to go to other countries and get points".

"They won't be afraid, they'll come to us and expect to get a result". There aren't many players who can do that when the whole world is watching.

"We're on risky ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes".

"We're on risky ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes", Coleman said. Now, onto Cardiff for Monday for what is shaping up to be a winner-takes-all clash with Ireland.

RatingsWales: Wayne Hennessey: 7, Chris Gunter: 7, James Chester: 7, Ashley Williams: 8, Ben Davies: 7, Joe Allen: 8, Joe Ledley: 7, Andy King: 7, Aaron Ramsey: 9, Tom Lawrence: 9, Sam Vokes: 7.

"I'm absolutely thrilled for Tom for more than one reason", the Wales manager said. "He showed courage and intelligence, and he showed great maturity".

Like semifinalists Wales, Ireland, who gave hosts France an almighty scare before eventually losing 2-1 in the last-16, have found it tough to recreate the buzz of last summer.