Tuesday 25 October 2016

Coleman blasts Wales in Georgia draw

Wales 1 Georgia 1

A frustrated Gareth Bale. Photo: PA
A frustrated Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

Wales dropped two precious World Cup qualifying points with a 1-1 draw against Georgia in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale headed Wales in front from a 10th-minute corner and the Euro 2016 semi-finalists should have extended their lead before half-time. But Georgia levelled through Tornike Okriashvili's 57th-minute header and almost won it during a strong finish when Valeri Kazaishvili struck the crossbar.

Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted his side were punished for not "taking care of business."

In front of a partisan crowd, Bale's early header gave Wales the lead but they failed to build on it.

A second-half equaliser to Okriashvili and could easily have lost the game.

Coleman said: "People will look at it as two points dropped but it might be a point gained at the end of the day, in the second half.

"We got a great start but you've got to take care of business. We didn't and we were punished, we tried to come again but it was too late, they'd got a bit of confidence by then."


Indeed, Jano Ananidze and Kazaishvili hit the crossbar for Georgia while Levan Mchedlidze wasted a glorious one-on-one opportunity on the break.

"We could have lost it in the second half but you think Georgia at home, you've got to take the three points," said Coleman.

"The next game now is Serbia here (on November 12). It puts more pressure on us to take three points there and we have to deal with that.

"We went for it in the second half in terms of the formation, which left us susceptible to the counter-attack and we got away with one or two situations.

"It's a point, we'll take it, but it's not what we wanted."

Midfielder Dave Edwards admitted Wales were "massively" disappointed at the result.

"I think first half we played reasonably well, had a few chances, but after they got the goal back we were very poor," he said.

"We went away from what we know best, we looked all over the place at times and that's down to players. It's definitely two points dropped.

"Going 1-0 up and having chances, we should have gone further ahead but the last half-hour, we were hanging on if anything."

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