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Malcolm Allen: Wales can prevail without Bale

07 October 2017

Reading midfielder and Wales worldwide Dave Edwards has claimed Joe Allen is one of Europe's best players, ahead of their final two World Cup qualifying fixtures.

Wales have been dealt a big blow with talisman Gareth Bale set to miss their next two 2018 World Cup qualifiers due to injury, the Football Association of Wales announced on Tuesday.

There were nerves at the end as Georgia pressed for an equaliser - their best chance coming when a superb pass sliced open the Welsh defence to leave Otar Kakabadze in the clear but he elected to cross rather than shoot and wasted the chance.

Wales have seven players on yellow cards and another booking would rule them out of the Republic's visit to Cardiff on Monday night. "We have a game plan and we will see where it takes us".

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"We are too good to do that. we'll go and attack, go and score goals, we have to do that - it's our strength". There'll be times when we have to defend in numbers - it's global football.

Serbia are in action at fourth-placed Austria where victory will see them finish as group winners and qualify for the finals. The Dragons will be aiming to keep it tight in Georgia, something they've been successful at of late: Coleman's men have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches at home and away, conceding only one goal across those four fixtures (v Serbia).

"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.

"Everyone is different and I tried to cover every base with yoga, acupuncture, ice baths, but what might work for some players might not for others."

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"We didn't have that attitude maybe, myself included". It is on a knife-edge and we have all been there before. Few players on Georgia play domestically with players spread across leagues in Europe but the quality of these players still is not close to Wales.

"He reminds me of what Gareth was like when he was younger", midfielder David Edwards said.

"We weren't a team at that time, this is a team - and we're in with a great shout". I welcome it. It's great because I'm always used to "there's nothing on it" [fixtures].

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Malcolm Allen: Wales can prevail without Bale