Chris Coleman cut a calm figure after seeing his side draw against Israel, insisting European Championship qualification is “in our hands”.
Wales dominated for large parts in their 0-0 draw in Cardiff, where the three points would have been enough for the team ranked ninth in the world to book their place at a major tournament for the first time since 1958.
“Had we scored early, it would have settled us down,” Coleman said to Sky Sports. “The atmosphere was great but we have two games left. It is in our hands so Israel and Belgium have to do their work to catch us.”
“The lads were tired at the end of a five hour flight to Cyprus and five hours back. Then playing Israel today, it has taken it out of us. We are four more points closer to where we want to be. We need one more nudge and then we are there.”
Also, Wales captain Ashley Williams admitted their opponents were hard to break down at the Cardiff City Stadium, but he was still able to focus on the positives as they took another small step closer to reaching next summer’s European Championships.
“They made it difficult for us, we wanted a win but it is another point and another clean sheet,” conceded Williams to Sky Sports.
“We wanted to get it done and dusted today but is has been a positive week with four points.
“We have two more games to go, we are still top of the group and we keep the momentum going.”
Wales’ remaining qualifiers are against Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 10 before finishing with a home clash against Andorra on October 13.