Wales assistant manager John Hartson believes tomorrow’s World Cup qualifying meeting with Scotland is win or bust – with the losing side all but ruling themselves out of any chance of qualification.
Chris Coleman’s side have suffered a dismal run of form since the former Fulham and Coventry boss took charge in January. After run of four wins from five under late manager Gary Speed Wales are now without a win in five since Coleman took charge, with the new boss only seeing his side score one goal in the process.
That run also included Wales heaviest defeat in 16 years – a 6-1 hammering in Serbia.
And Hartson, now assisting Coleman with the national side’s preparations, believes another slip-up would mean the end of their chance to reach Rio 2014.
“You’d have a lot to do obviously. From our point of view we’d have zero points from three games and Scotland would have two. You’d look at Belgium, Serbia, Croatia then it’s a case one of them would run away with it then.
“It’s a massive game for us.”
The former Wales, West Ham, Arsenal and Celtic striker also revealed his concerns over a worrying lack of goals in recent months.
Only once have Coleman’s side found the net – a problem that Hartson agrees must be overcome.
“It is a concern. We do play with that system where you’ve got one up with Steve Morrison [but] it’s a slight concern to us as well that our strikers aren’t playing regularly week in, week out.
“Sam Vokes is currently in the Burnley side, Simon Church is in and out at Reading, Steve Morrison doesn’t play every week for Norwich.
But Hartson acknowledged that his focus is not solely on the strikers,.
“It is a concern when you don’t get goals from your front men, but it’s not only the strikers. We need to look at the midfielders.
“If we weren’t really creating chances I’d be more worried but hopefully now on Friday we can create plenty of chances and get the crowd behind us and we’ll score some goals.“
Wales V Scotland
Friday 12th October
Cardiff City Stadium KO 1945