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Wales 3 Iceland 1

Wales 3 Iceland 1.
Wales got 2014 off to a winning start with a win against Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Goals from James Collins, Sam Vokes and Gareth Bale earned Chris Coleman's side a 3-1 victory.

A pretty even start saw the home side take the lead after 12 minutes, when centre half Collins glanced home a header from a Gareth Bale free kick.

The visitors grew into the game as the half wore on, and equalised after 26 minutes, when Ashley Williams deflected the ball into the net. This after the Wales defence had struggled to clear the danger.

Half Time: Wales 1 Iceland 1
Verdict: Lacklustre first half at times, with no tempo from the home side and no real pattern to play.

Wales started the second half well, and took the lead after 63 minutes when Vokes nodded home from close range after again good work from Bale from a Williams pass. On 70 minutes the home side extended their lead with a great run and finish from Bale

Full time: Wales 3 Iceland 1.
Verdict: Much better second half, with the home side closing down well. Better quality of possession, passing and movement.

Player verdict: Bale once again sometimes unplayable, Impressive debut from Huws in the holding role, strong and good passing. Allen grew as the game wore on, HRK strong as always.

Performance: Good start to 2014, second half much better, not because of the goals and the scoreline, but the higher tempo of play and better distribution of the ball from back. Can we take the second half performance, and do that for 90 minutes when it counts, let's wait and see.

Wales line up:

1 Wayne Hennessey
2 Chris Gunter

3 Neil Taylor
4 Emyr Huws
5 James Collins
6 Ashley Williams (Capt)
7 Joe Allen
8 Hal Robson-Kanu
9 Sam Vokes
10 Andy King
11 Gareth Bale.

12 Boaz Myhill
13 Adam Matthews
14 Danny Gabbidon
15 Samuel Ricketts
16 Ben Davies
17 Jack Collison
18 Ashley Richards
19 Jonathan Williams
20 Jermaine Easter
21 Owain Fon Williams


Both Ashley Williams (illness) and Joe Ledley (hip) could be doubtful for the game on Wednesday.

Squad trained today (Monday), Simon Church missed training, he took a knock playing for Charlton over the weekend. The session involved all the players who did not feature for their clubs on Sunday (2nd March).

Original Wales squad:

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace)
Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion)
Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers).

James Collins (West Ham United)
Ben Davies (Swansea City)
Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace)
Chris Gunter (Reading)
Adam Matthews (Celtic)
Ashley Richards (Swansea City)
Sam Ricketts (Wolves)
Neil Taylor (Swansea City)
Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

Joe Allen (Liverpool)
Jack Collison (West Ham United)
Emyr Huws (Manchester City - on loan at Birmingham City)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace)
Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Simon Church (Charlton Athletic)
Jermaine Easter (Millwall)
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)
Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Players on stand by:
David Cornell (Swansea City)
James Wilson (Oldham Athletic)
Declan John (Cardiff City)
Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers)
Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley)
Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic)
Harry Wilson (Liverpool)
Shaun MacDonald (Bournemouth)
Lloyd Isgrove (Southampton)
Tom Lawrence (Manchester United - on loan at Yeovil Town)
Steve Morison (Millwall)
Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers - on loan at Preston).

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