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"The way he can carry a team in the way he's done in previous games for Wales has shown he's become as integral to us as Gareth is". After two wins over Austria and Moldova, we have momentum behind us but make no mistake, two more wins are needed from our remaining two games.

The hosts finally threatened an equaliser late on when substitute Davit Skhirtladze found Giorgi Merebashvili, who cut inside and forced Wayne Hennessey into a pivotal stop from close range, which secured a third consecutive qualifying win for Coleman's side. "We've been here before, it's not like we've never played without him", Coleman explained.

"He said he had discomfort and, like we would with any other player, we don't take the chance". Topping the group is not out of the question, but the consensus view is that Wales need at least four points from these last two qualifiers to secure a playoff spot as runners-up. "This is the second campaign we've been in it and we've kept the ball rolling". He won't be thinking this is his 50th cap - it's about what we need to do and how we can implement it.

Captain Seamus Coleman may be back in Everton training but is still yet to play a minute of competitive football since having his leg shattered by Wales' Neil Taylor when the teams played out a 0-0 draw in March.

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"We're on risky ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes", Coleman said.

Tom Lawrence scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, his sweet strike from outside the penalty area proving enough to clinch three crucial points on the road. They know their identity and they are a very resilient bunch'.

That said, the main aim for Ireland is to avoid any slip-ups at the Aviva, therefore ensuring they go to Cardiff knowing it's all to play for against a team missing their most influential player. That's very hard to play against, as we saw in Cardiff, and when the Republic played them. They'll take it to anybody. We have to go on the front foot.

"How many times have we've been in this position with nothing on it? But when the opportunity presents itself, we have to go for it".