Depleted Wales beat Macedonia

Wales beat Macedonia 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Simon Church was the scorer, and Aaron Ramsey missed a late penalty.

Coleman enjoys victory - but doesn't guarantee future

Wales manager Chris Coleman says victory over Macedonia was his most enjoyable - but has changed nothing regarding his future in the job.

Wales were missing 11 players from Coleman's initial squad selection - but managed to secure a first win in five games, thanks to Simon Church's goal.

Captain Aaron Ramsey missed a late penalty at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Church (centre) scored the game's only goal. Credit: PA

"I enjoyed the win tonight more than any other because there has been a lot said and we were up against it", Coleman said.

"Had we lost this game, I would have been out the door, no doubt."

"The contract will be talked about but nothing has changed. I am not sure what anyone can do if we haven't got our best players all the time. It would make no difference what manager is sitting here in front of you."

"We now face a huge test on Tuesday against one of the best teams on the planet in Belgium and I am not looking beyond that."


Recalled Collins set to start for injury-depleted Wales

Defender James Collins is set to go straight into the Wales team to face Macedonia, after meeting Chris Coleman earlier this week to resolve a dispute over whether Collins rejected a call to go on stand-by for the squad last month.

With Wales suffering from an injury crisis, Collins was called into this squad, and trained with his teammates on Wednesday.

16-year-old Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson was also included.

The experienced Collins will help to ease Wales' injury problems. Credit: PA

10 players from the 23-man squad originally named by Coleman have pulled out through injury.

Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Joe Ledley, Andrew Crofts, Adam Matthews, Ben Davies, Danny Gabbidon, Sam Ricketts, Jack Collison and captain Ashley Williams are all missing.

The tournament in Brazil next summer is yet another which Wales have missed out on, after just two wins from eight qualification games.

Macedonia can't qualify for the World Cup either, but both sides can still leapfrog Scotland and perhaps Serbia, to finish higher in the group.


Wales face Macedonia with questions over Coleman

Wales host Macedonia tonight, in their penultimate World Cup qualifier, at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales are currently bottom of their qualifying group, with their hopes of making it to the tournament in Brazil next summer long gone.

The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by uncertainty over Chris Coleman's position as Wales manager.

Coleman has been in the spotlight before these games. Credit: PA

Coleman revealed last week he was considering his future and had several things to discuss with the Football Association of Wales, with a contract extension agreed but unsigned.

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FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford previously suggested the results against Macedonia and Belgium on Tuesday, at the end of a difficult qualifying campaign, will be taken into consideration before anything is finalised.