Daryl Murphy double settles World Cup qualifier against Moldova

  • Daryl Murphy double settles World Cup qualifier against Moldova

Daryl Murphy double settles World Cup qualifier against Moldova

Ninety minutes in Cardiff on Monday night could decide whether Chris Coleman is looking for a new job or leading Wales to a first World Cup in 60 years but, having last night christened this the "golden generation", there was no doubting the historic outcome that he anticipates.

When asked about the team photo during last year's European championships, Gareth Bale - who was absent from the game in Tbilisi - claims he has no idea what reporters meant.

For Coleman, however, the tempestuous nature of that match seven months ago belongs to the past. But what happened afterwards in terms of the media and the press conference, I can't control that. He has been around the scene now and the fact is when we were one each with Moldova (away) and had to find a goal, I had no hesitation in putting him on to the field of play. When we get off to a decent start, the mindset changes a little bit in terms of points.

Berg Gudmundsson and Birkir Bjarnason gave Iceland a two-goal cushion heading into half-time and things got even better for Heimir Hallgrimsson's team four minutes into the second half when Kari Arnason extended the lead.

"It will very be similar to the game in Dublin where two sets of committed players were locking horns. There will be chances at either end and there won't be much in it".

Bosnia look doomed to finish third and Greece have a far superior goal difference and goals scored tally than Ireland. Colum O'Dowda, who became the youngest player to start a competitive global game for Ireland in the Martin O'Neill era, had an effort into the side netting after 11 minutes, with Hendrick and Shane Long both involved in the build up. I'm delighted, I've enjoyed it immensely. worldwide football was something that i didn't know whether you'd get used to it or not. It can never be OK.

He said: "Regardless of their result in Georgia today, we have to go and win the match". That's down to the players' mentality as well.

"I'm not going to be moving them around schools in England".

O'Neill has some big calls to make for Monday's game, particularly with Robbie Brady and James McClean available again after suspension, and how they can be fitted back into a side which did quite well in their absence last night.

"Gareth will be there".

He said: "I think there's a willingness on both sides (to stay on)". Once they're happy, I'm happy.

"We got in some great situations that we didn't capitalise on but overall the commitment and the desire from our lads is incredible".

"It's going to be a hell of a game on Monday".