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Published: 11:38 | 7/10/17

Coleman: We're going to attack


Wales manager Chris Coleman will send his side out to attack the Republic of Ireland in their winner-takes-all showdown in Cardiff on Monday.

With both sides winning on Friday evening, the principality head into the final World Cup qualification fixture with a one point lead over their Celtic cousins with second place in the group up for grabs.

With Serbia losing in Austria, their is an outside chance that Wales or Ireland could snatch top spot and the automatic qualification spot that comes with it although they will be expected to beat Georgia in Belgrade.

Already needing results in other groups to go their way to ensure that their second place points total will be enough for a play-off place, both Wales and Ireland need three points to stay in the hunt and Coleman is firm that is exactly what the hosts will be aiming for.

“We’re on dangerous ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes," he said.

“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.

“A point may be OK, but we’ll go for three points. That’s the way it’s set up.

“I think it will be a sensational atmosphere in Cardiff and these are the games you want to be involved in.

“We always seem to play other countries who are involved and celebrating – but we welcome the pressure.

“The last four years have not just been about Gareth [Bale, absent again on Monday through injury].

“He’s super important to us but we haven’t had him, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey a lot of the time.

“Only three times since Belgium [when Wales won 3-1 in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016] have we had them all on the pitch.

“But we have a job to do, our team just get on with it and try and get over the line.”

Image: Getty/Stu Forster

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