Wales had to settle for a 2-2 draw on the road against Austria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday in Vienna.
The Welsh held the lead twice after goals by Joe Allen and an own goal by Kevin Wimmer, but the Austrians came back twice thanks to a double by Marko Arnautovic. Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted that it wasn’t the best performance he’s seen from his side.
“It wasn’t our best performance but if you look at Austria’s record here it’s second to none,” Coleman said. “It’s fantastic. They are a very good team and we knew we’d be up against it. If we wanted to take the three points we needed to be on top of our game in every department and we weren’t.
“But we found a way – by hook or by crook. We were riding our luck at times. We might have won it ourselves.”
Star Gareth Bale agreed with his manager that they weren’t at their best on Thursday.
“It’s a difficult place to come if you look at their record in qualifying,” Bale said. “They didn’t lose at all [during Euro 2016 qualifiers] and drew one game. We know we weren’t at our best tonight. It was a difficult game, they’re a very good team.
“This is what we’ve grown up to do – we grind out results when we need them. When we don’t play well we defend solidly as a team. We get something from the game.
“We were frustrated. We know we didn’t play well enough tonight. They made it very difficult for us there wasn’t much space up front.
“Ultimately we would have loved to have played better and won the game. We have to take the positives from the game, it’s a very difficult place to come. We grinded out a two-all.”