Coleman admits Wales were not at their best

Ben Davies believes Wales can take a huge step towards the 2018 World Cup in the next few games. Coleman's side, who beat Moldova 4-0 last month, remain top of their group on goal difference, with Serbia sitting second.

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.

"If you can get something when you are not at your best it is a good sign".

Coleman was the first to admit that it was not pretty to watch - it says much about this Wales performance that they looked most unsafe when Gareth Bale was taking long throws - yet there was also satisfaction to be taken from the result they gleaned in hard circumstances.

"With success comes complacency if you let it happen, so we have to make sure we up our game". Austrians really ramping up the pre-game atmosphere. They made it very hard for us there wasn't much space up front.

While Wales shone at Euro 2016 to reach the last four, Austria were a huge disappointment in France.

"We could have gambled and kept him on, but we don't want to do that", Wales manager Chris Coleman said.

"They're not unbeatable. It's a tough group".

Nearly certainly! It came as a huge surprise to fans but such was the success of the throw-ins, Wales supporters can expect to see more of Bale picking up the ball on the touchline.

"You've got to have those expectations to push yourself as far as you can go. Getting the advantage early on it's always a positive".

Take out the Euros and that was the biggest Wales away support since 7,000 went to Milan for a Euro 2004 clash against Italy in September 2003.

This bet has paid out in four of Austria's most recent five outings in their capital city, so has to be considered a great bet at odds as plump as [2.2]. Normally we have a bit more authority in possession and we didn't do that tonight.

"So that's phenomenal for us".

"We will not only have one player chasing after him - we will have two or three players in close vicinity to disturb him as soon as possible".

"I think it was key that we weren't afraid, that we weren't too proud to do it and not say "we are tournament semi-finalists, we have got to play a certain way".

"We saw during the Euros he [Bale] can win games on his own".



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