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 Croatia v Wales match comment


one mistake spoilt a good result but it's better to make it in a friendly, this group should hold no fears portugal here we come - Robin Johnson

I think once and for all the recent performance against top nations prove that it is no fluke. If you look back before these friendlies the improvement made was already beginning, draws away to Poland and Ukraine are good results the only downside is we need to start winning more games, unfortunately against Croatia we should have won it would have won it had Paul Jones not made that mistake because I could not see Croatia scoring all night otherwise. Yes it was an awful blunder by Jones but remember he made one fantastic save in the first half and we could have been 2-1 down at half time if it wasn't for him. At least the error was made in a friendly other than being a crucial Euro 2004 qualifier apart from that with other players to come back our chances of qualifying are getting stronger and stronger. Cymru am byth! - Mark Evans

Paul Jones was at fault but he also made one excellent save in the first half and shouldnt be dropped on the back of one solitary mistake.
Gabbidon was very assured throughout although Darren Barnard is no Gary Speed.
All in all a positive workout for some of the fringe players who no doubt will be called into action at some stage of the Euro qualifiers.
Keep it up boys!! -

I was very impressed with the performance of many of the fringe players last night. Danny Gabbidon was excellent in the centre, looking much more comfortable than his appearance as left-back against the Czechs. It was very noticeable that in the last third of the game, the Welsh attacking options were severely limited. Although Taylor went close with a header, it became more apparent that without Hartson (and Roberts) we don't have a target man who can hold up the ball. This is perhaps my biggest worry for the Euro qualifiers. I'm looking forward to seeing Andy Johnson and PAul Evans wearing Wales shirts again in the future. It was wonderful to see Simon score for Wales. He has been one of the most consistent players for the team in the last few games and I hope that one of the "big" Premiership clubs saw him play yesterday as I thing he's got what it takes to become a truly great player. It never ceases to amaze me that Wales continue to produce so many high quality midfielders (Koumas, Vaughan, M Jones) but so few defencemen... perhaps it's in the genes. -
Richard Martin

Mark Hughes is doing wonders for Wales but is being too kind about Paul Jones' error - it was a shocking piece of goal keeping.
Great result, though. -

Muppet paul jones -

Great result pity theyre goal had to come from a mistake. - Jason


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