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1 vs 2
Played
March 23, 2013 4:00 AM MYT
Hampden Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ A. Gautier‎
Attendance:‬ 39365‎
 
45+1′ Grant Hanley
Aaron Ramsey 72′ (PG)
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Scotland 1-2 Wales

The visitors came from a goal down to claim a victory at Hampden Park as both Aaron Ramsey and Hal Robson-Kanu helped relieve the pressure on manager Chris Coleman

By Matthew Harold at Hampden Park

  • Allan McGregor
    0
    1
    2.50

    Allan McGregor

    Although Wales had a lot of the possession in the early stages, the Besiktas keeper wasn’t fully tested as most of the efforts that came his way were from distance. Nothing he could do with either of the visitors' goals.

  • Alan Hutton
    1
    1
    2.00

    Alan Hutton

    Had his usual defensive problems dealing with wingers, his time it was Robson-Kanu that scorched the on-loan Mallorca full-back. He was however useful in an attacking sense, offering support to Burke in front of him.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    0
    1
    2.50

    Charles Mulgrew

    Never looks comfortable at left-back and that was noticeable, as Wales interchanged in his area, with Bale and Bellamy causing him all sorts of problems. But like Hutton on the opposite side, he was effective in a forward position, setting up the goal for Hanley.

  • Gary Caldwell
    0
    1
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    Never looks comfortable at left-back and that was noticeable, as Wales interchanged in his area, with Bale and Bellamy causing him all sorts of problems. But like Hutton on the opposite side, he was effective in a forward position, setting up the goal for Hanley.

  • Grant Hanley
    1
    1
    1.50

    Grant Hanley Flop of the Match

    Looked like a deer in the headlights for the opening minutes, as the Blackburn defender was scared to deal with anything over the top from Wales. But when the chance came his way on the stroke of half-time he made no mistake, heading home the opener. However in the second half he reverted to type and could have been sent off for some silly challenges.

  • Chris Burke
    1
    1
    2.00

    Chris Burke

    The Birmingham winger looked a real threat for the Scots as he ventured down the right wing, playing in a few tasty crosses for Miller and others to get onto. In the second half he had a couple of chances, but didn’t do enough.

  • James McArthur
    1
    1
    2.00

    James McArthur

    He struggled to get into the game and Wales had the majority of possession in the midfield area. Didn’t seem to be able to get forward as much as he would have liked and that cost his side.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    1
    1
    1.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Made an absolutely stupid challenge on Gunter had cost the Scots a penalty kick and saw the Norwich midfielder sent off. He never got into the type of attacking positions as he normally has.

  • Graham Dorrans
    1
    1
    2.50

    Graham Dorrans

    Seemed to overrun at times by the Welsh midfield, especially early into the game, but the former Livingston midfielder found his composure and became a lot more potent as the game wore on.

  • Steven Fletcher
    1
    1

    Steven Fletcher

    The Sunderland striker lasted only a minute in Gordon Strachan’s competitive debut as Scotland boss. He gave both him and his club manager Martin O’Neill worries, as the Scots head for Serbia and as the Black Cats stare relegation in the face.

  • Shaun Maloney
    1
    1
    2.00

    Shaun Maloney

    Was never in the type of positions that would have helped him get Scotland on the front foot. Wales had too much of the possession and that meant he was forced back the way.

Substitutions

  • Charlie Adam
    1
    1
    1.50

    Charlie Adam

    Offered nothing for the Scots when he came on.

  • Jordan Rhodes
    1
    1
    2.00

    Jordan Rhodes

    Was brought on with Scotland chasing the game.

  • Kenny Miller
    0
    1
    2.00

    Kenny Miller

    Came on for Fletcher in the first minute and missed a couple of good chances in the first half that could have helped Scotland claim a result.

  • B. Myhill
    2
    0
    2.00

    B. Myhill

    The home side rarely threatened the West Brom keeper’s goal, but when they did the 30-year-old didn’t look the most confident and was nowhere to be seen on the stroke of half-time as Hanley headed home.

  • Ashley Williams
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Was a solid dependable part of the Welsh backline for Chris Coleman as he rarely allowed Miller to get in behind him and when he did, the Swansea defender had the pace to retrieve the situation.

  • Ben Davies
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    The Swansea youngster was involved in the incident that saw Fletcher stretchered from the field in the first minute. He had a few tricky moments, having to deal with the pace of Burke, who managed to get in behind him on a couple of occasions.

  • Chris Gunter
    2
    0
    3.00

    Chris Gunter

    Tried to push forward as much as possible, helping claim the penalty when he raced into box, being hauled down by Snodgrass. Defensively there was little that he had to do throughout the game.

  • Sam Ricketts
    1
    0
    2.00

    Sam Ricketts

    Will be wondering how he wasn’t able to deal with the Scotland corner on the stroke of half-time that saw Hanley open the scoring. The 31-year-old had a few good blocks, but looked the weak link in the Welsh rearguard.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    8
    0
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Was sweating when he seen his penalty smack off of McGregor’s bar, though he was delighted when it eventually nestled in the net. The Arsenal midfielder controlled the midfield area throughout, helping to dictate play. Sent off deep in injury time for a professional foul

  • Gareth Bale
    2
    2
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    The Tottenham star looked like he was toying with the Scotland defence for the first half hour, as he pinged the ball about like a puppet master pulling the strings in the midfield area. But fortunately for the home side he failed to reappear after the break, being replaced by Jonathan Williams.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    3
    0
    4.00

    Hal Robson-Kanu Top of the Match

    The 23-year-old Reading winger was a real threat to the Scottish defence early on as he looked to exploit their weakness at right-back with Hutton. Helped the Welsh take the lead with a superb header, getting in behind the centre of defence.

  • Jack Collison
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jack Collison

    Had a quiet evening, not having much to do in his defensive role, covering for his back four, as Scotland rarely threatened him. Replaced by King.

  • Joe Ledley
    0
    1
    3.50

    Joe Ledley

    Looked composed throughout the game, as the Celtic midfielder tried to get in behind the Scotland defence in order to help out his frontline. On his 45th appearance for his national side he rarely put a foot wrong.

  • Craig Bellamy
    2
    0
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Was desperate to get a goal and the veteran forward covered nearly every blade of the attacking half to try and achieve his goal.

Substitutions

  • Andy King
    1
    0
    2.50

    Andy King

    Came on for Collison and was superb setting up the winner for Robson-Kanu.

  • Jonathan Williams
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan Williams

    Replaced Bale and looked a threat throughout the second half.

  • Simon Church
    1
    0

    Simon Church

    Came on late for Ledley.

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