Coleman critical of display
Wales manager calls for improvement against Belgium
Last Updated: August 15, 2012 10:29pm
Chris Coleman: Disappointed that Wales were below their best against Bosnia-Herzegovina
Chris Coleman admitted that Wales would need to improve considerably after losing 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in their final friendly game before the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Vedad Ibisevic and Miroslav Stevanovic scored the goals to seal victory for a dominant Bosnia side at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.
Asmir Begovic tipped Joe Allen's shot onto the woodwork in the first half and Wales had a couple of other opportunities, but Coleman acknowledged after the final whistle that Bosnia had been by far the better team.
"We knew it would be difficult but we're better than what we showed," he told Sky Sports.
"We've hit the bar in the first half and had one or two chances, but when you are without the ball for long periods you have to be disciplined and bide your time, and we gave the ball back to them too quickly when we won it, meaning we were chasing for too long.
"When we went 1-0 down we were rushing things and maybe trying too hard, trying the difficult pass or trying to take on too many players."
The big one
Coleman's focus will now turn to the opening World Cup qualifier against Belgium on 7th September, and he is determined to make a fast start.
"Maybe it is a good thing because we know we can't perform like that against top-level teams, and the next team we play against is a top-level team," the manager added.
"We have got to be better than that, otherwise the result will be the same.
"It is the big one next, the one we have all been waiting for, and unless we are bringing it, it is going to be a tough first game, and we cannot get off to this campaign slowly.
"We have got to get into our running and get some points early doors."