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Joe Allen blow for Wales ahead of Georgia clash

11 October, 2016, 04:18 | Author: Lula Armstrong

While Coleman was bitterly disappointed with the way Wales gifted Austria and Arnautovic a second goal shortly after the interval, the sight of Joe Allen pulling up with a hamstring problem was every bit as troubling.

Wales were ahead again just before the interval with an own goal, the ball bouncing in off defender Kevin Wimmer after a fine save by goalkeeper Robert Almer. "For us to come here and not bring our "A-game" and still get a point, that says a lot about the team and their team spirit and courage".

While Wales manager Chris Coleman was quick to reiterate that it was not a serious issue, he does not expect to have Allen available in Cardiff at the weekend.

Wales boss Chris Coleman says he was "proud" of their "courage" in their 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Austria despite a below-par performance.

"He is Stoke's player and we have to respect that".

"That's the difference of this team now. When we're not playing well we know how to dig deep and grind results out".

Renowned for his blistering pace and thunderbolt of a left foot, Bale turned into Rory Delap for the night as he set up the second goal with a long throw and, in the words of Taylor, "caused chaos" on numerous other occasions as he propelled the ball into the Austria penalty area from the touchline.

And Vokes feels it is a tactic Wales can use going forward on the road to Russian Federation.


Swansea left-back Taylor said: "A long thrown-in is a disgusting thing to deal with".

'It is something different but it just shows what Gareth has got in the locker. It's not nice to play against and it gives us another weapon in our armoury. "Against Austria we weren't and we needed to use it". It was effective so I am sure we will use it again. "I think whoever finishes above Austria will qualify", said Coleman.

He made it clear, however, that Wales would not be prepared to take any risks and on that basis it seems highly unlikely that Allen will feature against Georgia.

"Of course it is a big loss, you can see the kind of form he is in", Vokes said.

Sam Vokes missed his cross at the near post, but Gunter's good work allowed Allen to score with a left-footed volley which flew past Almer.

"The result will have restored the confidence that was lost after previous failures, but there is no reason whatsoever to get carried away", said the 63-year old.

While it was hard to remember a Wales game when Bale was so anonymous for long periods, the Real Madrid forward still managed to have a hand in both goals.

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