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Hal: A proud moment

25 March 2013

HRK buoyed by winning goal

Royals winger Hal Robson-Kanu spoke of his pride after scoring his first international goal for Wales as he headed home the winner against Scotland - and is now confident that the Dragons can overcome Croatia on Tuesday night.

The Academy product was a constant attacking threat in Chris Coleman's side and deserved his 74th minute goal, which clinched the 2-1 victory in Glasgow. Wales have now moved up to 3rd in the Group A World Cup 2014 qualifying table, with second-placed Croatia up next.

"It gives everyone a big lift," Hal told Wales Online. "You get a big win like this in international football and it changes the picture in a big way, everyone takes confidence from it, from us as players to the fans.

"But we won’t stop now. We're going to look to beat Croatia, we're going to give it a shot and if we set out as a team and show what we're about again then we'll get a result.

"Hopefully I showed I've got something to offer this side. I've been pleased with my performances for Reading all season really, I know what I can do and days like that one is when you have the chance to show it and hopefully I've done that.

"It's a proud moment to get my first goal, especially in the context that I did. It's a massive three points that helps us look forward and we'll go into the game with Croatia full of confidence and looking to do the same."

Chris Gunter also played a key part in the win, as the Royals defender got forward well and won the equalising penalty - converted by Aaron Ramsey. Gunter says Wales can cause Croatia problems on Tuesday night, and believes World Cup qualification is a realistic target.

"If you can go on a run you know stranger things have happened. We just need to focus on the next game and not get carried away," he said.

"I think we can cause them [Croatia] a few problems. We have to respect them, but it'll be a really good evening and hopefully the fans can turn out and support us. 

"Friday was a great night for me personally and for the team. To go to Hampden Park and win having been 1-0 down speaks for itself. It's one to enjoy."


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