Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Warns of Azeri Threat to England

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Warns of Azeri Threat to England

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Wales goalkeeper Paul Jones has warned England and Northern Ireland that Azerbaijan could be the team whose results define the final standings in World Cup group six.

Wales were held 1-1 in Azerbaijan on Saturday and now must aim to bounce back against Northern Ireland in Cardiff on Wednesday to put their Germany 2006 dreams back on course.

But both Jones and striker John Hartson have warned England and the rest of the group that they will find Azerbaijan a tough side to break down in their Baku backyard.

Jones, who has accepted the blame for the Azeri equaliser after former Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed had put Wales ahead, said: "I think other countries will struggle in Azerbaijan now. They have improved considerably since we last played and beat them. They pass the ball better and have a lot more shape about their play.

"You can see how far they have come in two years, so anyone else in our group who goes there will find them a difficult proposition. …

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