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Wales head into Croatia clash 'with renewed optimism'

Chris Coleman's men hope to get their second consecutive victory tonight against Croatia Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Wales can head into their clash with Croatia this evening "with renewed optimism" according to striker Steve Morison.

It follows Wales' 2-1 win over Scotland last Friday night thanks to a late double from Gareth Bale.

Friday night's result mean they have now moved off the bottom of Group A up to fourth place.

But despite the optimism tonight's match is certainly not going to be a walk in the park for Chris Colemen's men with their opponents sitting joint top of the with Belgium.

I don't think they are ever nice places to go to. They are very, very hard places to go to and get results.

"But going there off the back of a win will make it a little bit easier.

"We have only played three games. There are a lot of games to go.

"We've got to play everyone again so if we can go on a run, you never know what might happen."

– Steve Morison, Wales & Norwich striker

The win over the Scots was the first of the Coleman era, after he replaced the late Gary Speed at the helm in January.

Wales had endured a disappointing start to the campaign, opening with defeat to Belgium, before suffering a 6-1 thrashing in Serbia.

But Morison insists they never gave up hope of delivering results under the new manager

We always had the belief. We kept it from the games we had been winning, even though we had lost a few.

"We have a great spirit and a great camp and we enjoy getting together.

"Everyone is turning up, which is fantastic, and we will carry it on until Tuesday night and hopefully we can put on a good performance in Croatia.

"We have always been behind Chris and I think we showed that we are a very good team. I thought we made Scotland look very average."

– Steve Morison, Wales & Norwich striker

There could be several changes to tonight's team with defender Adam Matthews in line for a possible return to action.

Matthews, who missed the Scotland match due to an ankle problem, has travelled with the squad to Osijek and will be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Meanwhile Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss tonight's match through suspention after picking up his second yellow card of the campaign in Friday's contest, with Dave Edwards having been called up in his place.

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