Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Assist for HRK

18 November 2013

Hal creates goal

Hal Robson-Kanu weighed in with a very good assist for Wales on Saturday night.

He set up Andy King's opener just before the hour mark, receiving the ball from ex-Royal Simon Church, playing a nice one-two with Joe Ledley before hanging up a cracking left-footed cross that King headed home.

Hal came off just before the end of the game, having also gone close with a header of his own.

Fellow Royal Chris Gunter got a little more than 70 minutes on the pitch in Cardiff for his 51st cap, and he almost set up a goal with a super right wing cross that just evaded everyone in the middle.

With both our boys having come off, Finland snatched a late equaliser to see the game end 1-1.

Gunter said after the game he is happy with progress being made under Chris Coleman, telling reporters, "[The manager's new contract] puts everything to bed and the squad is delighted that he’s done that. It was the right thing to do and it is definitely going to help us.

"We’ve been improving, whatever people say, and for him to sign a new contract is brilliant news for everyone."

On the game itself, he commented, “I thought they looked a good team and we knew before the game it would be a tough one because they did well in their group.

"We did really well but to concede at the end is disappointing. You always want to win every game but being a friendly the performance is the most important thing. It is disappointing we couldn’t hold on but the aim is to improve with every game and once you’re not able to qualify you have to look to build towards the next campaign."

The draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers takes place in February, and the 24-year-old said, "We’re looking forward to the draw and nights like this can only help us.

'"We don’t have an international game for a long time now but this year has been OK. We know we need to do better but we just need to build now and see what the draw brings us.

"It will come around quickly though and it’s important that we start well. We always say it but that is the key – to get a bit of momentum and build from there."

Advertisement block