Blake: Win over Scotland can be the catalyst

Darcy Blake battles for the ball with Steven Fletcher. Photo: PA

Darcy Blake has urged Wales to use their dramatic victory over Scotland as the catalyst for a belated assault on their World Cup qualifying group.

Chris Coleman's men endured an horrendous start to the campaign, opening with a 2-0 loss to Belgium before suffering a demoralising 6-1 thrashing in Serbia.

Those results had left them languishing at the bottom of Group A until the arrival of the Scots in Cardiff last night.

A late double from Gareth Bale secured the 2-1 victory to throw the Welsh a lifeline ahead of Tuesday's clash in Croatia.

Blake said: "We knew we had to win this game and we did that.

"We've just turned the corner and it's onwards and upwards from here. We are back to winning ways.

"We are three games in and it was obviously disappointing to lose the first two games but now we can hopefully get more wins under our belts and progress and get to Brazil."

Scotland took a first half lead through James Morrison before Bale won and converted a penalty with 10 minutes to go.

He then snatched the points with a stunning strike in the final minute to cap what had been an impressive performance from the Tottenham man.

Blake added: "It was good to get back to winning ways.

"It was a good performance as well. We were passing the ball again and full of confidence again.

"I thought we deserved to win. We created a lot of chances. It was a sloppy goal at the back that we conceded.

"But we grew into the game and got stronger and Gareth Bale popped up with our winner at the end.

"He can run defenders, he causes them all kinds of problems, he's up there with the world's best.

"He was on it in this game, he put that goal in and it was brilliant.

"It was a great feeling and I think we thoroughly deserved the three points."

Scotland were also under pressure to deliver their first victory in the group, following draws at home to Serbia and Macedonia.

But the Cardiff City Stadium again proved to be an unhappy hunting ground, with the Scots having also suffered a 3-0 defeat at the same venue in 2009.

Crystal Palace defender Blake said: "It took a special strike at the end to beat Scotland and we are just happy with the win. They have some good players.

"It was a massive game. It's a like a local derby, the same as it is with England as well. Hopefully we can push on now and climb this table."