Coleman confident goals will come

Chris Coleman
Wales have not scored in the four games since Chris Coleman took over as boss. Photo: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman is confident his side can end their goal drought in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Novi Sad.

Friday night's 2-0 defeat in their opening Group A fixture against Belgium in Cardiff was the fourth game in a row in which Wales have drawn a blank.

No goals in four games would be a poor return for any side, but particularly for a Welsh side including the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.

But Coleman insists he is happy with the chances his side are creating and he is sure it is only a matter of time before they find the back of the net.

He said: "I would say it is only three games we have not scored in as you cannot put the Costa Rica game (February's Gary Speed Memorial Match) on the players.

"But of course the longer you go and you don't score the more of a psychological thing it can become.

"But we will score goals and I thought we were going to get a goal against Belgium. We have creators and players who can finish.

"Our last three games have been against three very good teams in Mexico, Bosnia and now Belgium, but the only performance I was not happy with was against Bosnia.

"So we now have to go to Serbia, put in a performance like we did against Belgium and we need to put the ball in the net, we are aware of that."

The official attendance for the Friday night game against Belgium was 20,156, but there were plenty of sections of empty seats at the Cardiff City Stadium, which has a capacity of almost 27,000.

And former Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall branded the turnout for the opening qualifier "a disgrace".

Wales' most capped player told Absolute Radio's Rock N' Roll Football with Ian Wright: "They said it was 20,000 but I think there was about 16,000 there and for an international for 20 quid a ticket, to see Gareth Bale, Ramsey and all the Belgium players, I thought was nothing short of scandalous to be fair."

He added: "You know, Belgium brought about 3,000; they made a great noise. The Welsh ones did, but there seemed to be an apathy because...maybe it's just we haven't qualified for so long.

"You need some sort of spark, but I do think they just seemed to put the game on and not make it into an event and I think we have to look at it as being an event. You know, make sure there's things going on around the ground, make sure there's things apart from the game going on to draw people in.

"Once you've got them in, you know you've gone. But I do think that we should give a lot of tickets away to the schools and we don't tend to do that an awful lot. Try to get the next generation of fans in."