Like Wales without Bale - O'Neill talks up absent Coleman's importance

ShareClose Comments
The injured right-back, who broke his leg in March, is a "world-class player" like Wales' forward talisman, according to the Boys in Green's boss

Martin O'Neill believes the Republic of Ireland being without Seamus Coleman is the equivalent to Wales missing Gareth Bale.

Wales triumphed 1-0 in Georgia despite being without Bale due to a calf injury that will also rule the Real Madrid forward out of a Group D showdown with Ireland, who beat Moldova 2-0, in Cardiff on Monday.

O'Neill feels the absence of right-back Coleman, who broke his leg when the nations last met in March, is just as big for his team.

"I think that Wales would naturally miss a player of that calibre. We've got a world-class player missing ourselves in Seamus Coleman," he said. 

"In my mind, he's as big a loss to us as he is to Wales. Gareth is a world-class player, and he's a major player.

"Him not playing helps, but Wales have been able to win matches without him. I'm sure their mindset was pretty strong."

A first-half double from Daryl Murphy secured Ireland's victory over Moldova in Dublin, with the result setting up a crucial trip to Cardiff.

While Wales need just a point at home to secure second place, the visitors must win to keep alive their dream of reaching next year's World Cup.

O'Neill always expected a close group to go down to the wire and he's more than happy to have their hopes resting on the outcome of one game.

"Regardless of their result in Georgia, we had to win in Cardiff," he said.

"A couple of early goals settled our nerves. We had to get a result here.

Article continues below

Wales 200/1 to win the World Cup

"Now we have to go and apply ourselves [in Cardiff], play strongly and resolutely and I think we can win the match.

"It was always going to be like this. If we said to me that we'd have to go to Wales and win at the start, I'd have taken it."

Next article:
Fabio wants to continue at KL, reveals offer from Thailand
Next article:
Wellington Phoenix sign David Williams and Mitch Nichols
Next article:
Chelsea vs Perth Glory: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Next article:
To those who enjoy seeing others fail, I feel for you – Karius responds to criticism
Next article:
'I was at 50 percent' - Brisbane Roar star Eric Bautheac reveals his tough A-League introduction
Close

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Show more Accept