Sunday, 13 October 2013

Coleman hails performance of young Wales side

Coleman hails performance of young Wales sideWales manager Chris Coleman hailed the mental fortitude of his injury-ravaged side following Friday's 1-0 home win over Macedonia.

Simon Church's 67th-minute winner proved the difference as Wales moved off bottom of Group A in FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying, despite Aaron Ramsey's missed penalty with five minutes to go.

And Coleman praised his players after the squad had been decimated by injuries in the build-up to the Macedonia clash.

"I thought we were brilliant," he told reporters. "It was a difficult game for us and we were missing a lot of players but to a man we stood our ground, although we rode our luck a bit.

"We played some good football and I thought our lads were absolutely magnificent.

"We had to stay strong with a lot of young players and they kept their focus and got the win and that's what they deserved."

Ramsey admitted afterwards that he offered Craig Bellamy the chance to take Wales' late penalty as the veteran was playing in his last home international before retirement.

"I did offer him the pen," said the Arsenal midfielder.

"But he said 'no you take it, you're the captain,' but I wish I did give it to him now!"

On the game itself, Ramsey underlined the importance of claiming the three points in Wales' penultimate qualifier.

"It's a big win for all of us," he said.

"We've been disappointing against the bigger teams in the group so it was important for the players, the fans and the manager to get the win and we managed to do that so we're delight

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