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England loss changes nothing - Ledley

21:48 GMT+3 16/06/2016
Joe Ledley Wales
The Wales midfielder insists his side must continue to work in the same vein if they are to progress from Group B despite a last-gasp defeat in Lens on Thursday

Joe Ledley says Wales must not make any knee-jerk alterations to their approach in the remainder of their European Championship campaign despite conceding a late winner to England in Lens on Thursday.

Daniel Sturridge’s 92nd-minute goal secured a 2-1 victory for Roy Hodgson’s side, despite Gareth Bale’s first-half free-kick having given Wales the lead going into half-time.

But Ledley insists the last-gasp loss must have no impact as they prepare for their final Group B fixture against Russia still needing a positive result to progress to the knockout stage.

“We’re still in a good position. There’s a game left and we’d have taken three points out of two games. We’re in a fantastic position and we’ll regroup,” the Crystal Palace midfielder told reporters after the game.

“We can’t dwell on this because there’s a game coming up in a few days so we need to stay strong and stay together.

“We’re still new to this competition, we’ve been brilliant throughout and our fans have been brilliant, and we need to continue everything we’ve been doing on the pitch and off the pitch. Nothing changes.

“It was the last few seconds of a game which cost us and there’s still a lot of positives defensively and maybe we work on the ball a little bit more and then we go from there.”

A 2-1 win over Slovakia in Bordeaux in their first group fixture means that Wales are likely to need only a point from the clash with Russia in Toulouse to make the round of 16, but Ledley added that his side cannot afford to play for a draw.

“No, definitely not. We’ll got out there and try to attack and get the three points,” he continued. “That’s what we need to do. We can’t just sit back and take a point because you could get a sucker punch like we did today.

“They’re a strong team, very organised, but we need to get a point or three to go through and that’s our aim. Hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

Wales sit second in the group standings, ahead of Slovakia on their head-to-head record, heading into the final round of games on Monday.

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