Wales’s Chris Coleman braced for ‘hell of a game’ against Ireland in pivotal match

• Wales manager says Seamus Coleman injury controversy will not affect team
• Chris Coleman: team must show ‘same hunger and desire as we’ve always had’

Chris Coleman expects a physical game against the Republic of Ireland but is adamant that the bitter fall-out from the goalless draw in Dublin in March, when Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg following a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, will not affect Wales’s approach to Monday’s pivotal World Cup qualifier.

With Wales and Ireland both in with a chance of qualifying for the finals automatically after Serbia lost against Austria on Friday, the stakes could not be higher for what promises to be a highly charged occasion. Wales are second in Group D, one point ahead of Ireland, and the fractious nature of their meeting at the Aviva Stadium adds to the tension around what is effectively a winner-takes-all encounter.

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• Wales manager says Seamus Coleman injury controversy will not affect team • Chris Coleman: team must show ‘same hunger and desire as we’ve always had’Chris Coleman expects a physical game against the Republic of Ireland but is adamant that the bitter fall-out from the goalless draw in Dublin in March, when Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg following a reckless challenge from Neil Taylor, will not affect Wales’s approach to Monday’s pivotal World Cup qualifier.With Wales and Ireland both in with a chance of qualifying for the finals automatically after Serbia lost against Austria on Friday, the stakes could not be higher for what promises to be a highly charged occasion. Wales are second in Group D, one point ahead of Ireland, and the fractious nature of their meeting at the Aviva Stadium adds to the tension around what is effectively a winner-takes-all encounter. Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/07/wales-chris-coleman-republic-of-ireland-world-cup

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