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Still ‘early on’ for Gunter and Wales

10 October 2016

Defender reflects on score draw in Cardiff

Royals defender and Welsh international Chris Gunter was disappointed that the Dragons could only pick up a point with a 1-1 draw at home against Georgia on Sunday evening – but he recognises that there is still a long way to go in their World Cup qualifying campaign, and still plenty to play for.

Wales earned a creditable 2-2 draw in Austria on Thursday, but on Sunday afternoon Gareth Bale’s 10th-minute goal was cancelled out midway through the second half by Tornike Okriashvili after some opportunities had gone awry for the hosts in Cardiff – meaning the spoils were shared.

“We’re disappointed – we wanted to win the game,” Gunter admitted.  “We started really well, and then it slowly slipped away from us.  We wanted to win the game, but we’ll take the point and move on.
“They are a good team.  There are things that we could have done better too, and we’ll look at that.  We look back at the video whether we win, lose or draw.  It’s still early on – it’s a disappointing result, but not the end of the world.  We need to win games to qualify anyway.
“They had little bits of play at times, but generally and on the whole we were really good defensively.  They had one where they got in and they took their chance – and credit to them for that.  But I’m never surprised – at this level, people might think you’re supposed to win these games comfortably and it doesn’t often turn out like that.”

WATCH 📽 Chris Gunter: "We wanted the win, but we'll take the draw"

— Wales (@FAWales) October 9, 2016
The next international break is only a month away, and Wales have a chance to overhaul the current group leaders Serbia when they arrive in Cardiff.

That opportunity doesn’t carry any extra significance, as far as Gunter is concerned – like any other game, it presents the opportunity to register three important points towards their final tally.
“It’s far too early to start looking at other teams’ results – whether we had won, lost or drawn tonight, the game against Serbia is big,” Gunter reflected after Wales’ game against Georgia.  “Every game is big and every point will matter at the end.  We certainly won’t be glued to the TV to see how they get on.

“It was a big game anyway and it doesn’t become bigger after tonight.  It’s the next game, so it’s the biggest one.”

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