Wales manager Chris Coleman: We got frustrated after Ireland goal


The draw for the play-offs will be held on 17 October in Switzerland.

Wales' 2018 World Cup hopes are over after James McClean's goal earned the Republic of Ireland a victory that sends them into the qualifying play-offs. They secured their qualification with a 2-0 win over Kosovo and are now off to Russian Federation.

Ireland ripped up the script by beating Wales 1-0 to secure their place in the playoffs for the World Cup finals on Monday.

Williams aside, the core of the side have one or two campaigns left in them.

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The tense game at Cardiff City Stadium stands to be Chris Coleman's last as Wales manager in a competitive fixture, the architect of last year's Euro heroics having pledged to stand down after the current World Cup cycle.

"It's a tournament that's obviously only every four years and for a nation like Ireland to qualify would be a massive achievement".

Wales were one of the stories of Euro 2016 as they reached the semi-finals before being beaten by Portugal.

The Welsh FA (FAW) are expected to make a big offer to convince the former player to stay on as boss and defender Chris Gunter told the FAW board to blow Coleman away with their proposal.

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Great work by Jeff Hendrick to win possession and keep the ball in play and great play from Harry Arter to dummy and catch the whole Welsh defence flat-footed. I asked them to leave me alone as my contract has been running down and all the questions were getting asked.

I think that the fact that they don't really seem phazed whoever they play - often players said what Christie just said, we don't mind, you figure it's just player talk - but no, with them it's really real. O'Neill's team travelled to Cardiff in search of a 1-0 win and their game-plan went to plan; soaking up challenging spells of pressure, accepting that on paper Wales are probably the better side, but making sure they were more clinical when it mattered most. There'll be a conversation in due course and my contract is until the summer.

Although Robson-Kanu had a header excellently saved by Randolph shortly before McClean's victor, Wales did not have the creativity or craft to unlock a stubborn visiting defence and Chris Coleman was left to reflect on a heartbreaking end to a campaign he has previously said would be his last as Wales manager. So I think this will be my last hit, at it so I will give it my best shot, but I would not consider going anywhere else. "When the dust settles we'll see where we go".

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