Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Let's Not Think Too Far Ahead' - Davies

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Let's Not Think Too Far Ahead' - Davies

Article excerpt

BEN Davies insists Wales will focus on winning rather than sorting out convoluted World Cup permutations in the race for a place at Russia next summer.

Wales's 2-0 win in Moldova on Tuesday night took them into second place in Group D above the Republic of Ireland, who were beaten by Serbia in Dublin.

Serbia now look strong favourites to win the group and qualify automatically for the 2018 World Cup.

Wales - if they pip Republic for second place - would then go into a November play-off, although the runner-up with the worst record in the nine qualifying groups will miss out.

Chris Coleman's side are currently bottom of that particular pile, but wins in the final two games - away to Georgia and at home to the Republic next month - could well put them in the top eight.

"Not much has changed for us. We felt we needed four wins and we have done half the job," Davies said after wins over Austria and Moldova gave Wales their first six points from a qualifying double header since autumn 2011. …

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