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Sunday 22 October 2017

Coleman promises to 'go for it' against Georgia

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Wales boss Chris Coleman
Wales boss Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman has promised Wales will "go for it" against Georgia in an attempt to keep their World Cup dream alive.

Wales, second in Group D behind leaders Serbia, are without talisman Gareth Bale in Tbilisi this evening after the Real Madrid forward suffered a calf injury.

But Wales boss Coleman has targeted victories in the final two qualifiers, in Georgia and at home to Ireland on Monday, although four points might be enough for a play-off spot next month if certain results in other groups fall in their favour.

"Georgia have got imagination, create chances and play risk football," Coleman said.

"That's very difficult to play against, as we saw in Cardiff and when the Republic played them.

"They're not afraid of anybody and will take it to anybody, so if we have any thoughts of hanging on then we'll lose the game.

"We're going there to score goals and we have to go on the front foot.

"There will be times when we have to defend in numbers because that's international football, but when the opportunity presents itself we have to go for it."

Georgia have yet to win in this qualification campaign, but they have drawn five of their eight games and failed to score in only one.

They also fought back from conceding an early Bale goal in Cardiff last October to draw 1-1 and dent unbeaten Wales' qualification prospects.

"Of all the games in this campaign, the one we could have lost and the one we looked at in needing three points, was at home to Georgia," Coleman said. "You look at all the draws in the Republic, Austria and Serbia as good points.

"But Georgia was the one game I felt where maybe we weren't on that knife-edge where we were all on it.

"We didn't have that attitude maybe, myself included.

"But it is on a knife-edge now and we have all been there before."

Georgia coach Vladimir Weiss, meanwhile, has promised Wales will not get an easy ride in Tbilisi.

"We will do our best and start to look ahead to the next qualification campaign," Weiss said at his pre-match press conference. Every game is important for us, we play for the three points and for our supporters.

"We will not make it easy for Wales but they still have a chance to qualify. Maybe (group leaders) Serbia will reach a good result in Austria, but Wales still must win two games. Ireland also have a chance."

Weiss dismissed the suggestion that Georgia had been lifted by the absence of Wales talisman Gareth Bale.

"He is one of the best players in the world," Weiss said. "Everyone wanted to see him in Tbilisi."

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