Chris Coleman admitted Wales were punished for not “taking care of business” as they were held to a draw by Georgia.


Gareth Bale’s early header gave Wales the lead in the Group D World Cup qualifier but they failed to build on it, conceded a second-half equaliser to Tornike Okriashvili and could easily have lost the game.

Coleman told Sky Sports 1: “People will look at it as two points dropped but it might be a point gained at the end of the day, in the second half.

“We got a great start but you’ve got to take care of business. We didn’t and we were punished, we tried to come again but it was too late, they’d got a bit of confidence by then.”

Indeed, Jano Ananidze and Valeri Qazaishvili hit the crossbar for Georgia while Levan Mchedlidze wasted a glorious one-on-one opportunity on the break.

“We could have lost it in the second half but you think Georgia at home, you’ve got to take the three points,” said Coleman.

“The next game now is Serbia here [on Nov. 12]. It puts more pressure on us to take three points there and we have to deal with that.

“We went for it in the second half in terms of the formation, which left us susceptible to the counter-attack and we got away with one or two situations.

“It’s a point, we’ll take it, but it’s not what we wanted.”

Midfielder Dave Edwards admitted Wales were “massively” disappointed at the result.

“I think first half we played reasonably well, had a few chances, but after they got the goal back we were very poor,” he said.

“We went away from what we know best, we looked all over the place at times and that’s down to players. It’s definitely two points dropped.

“Going 1-0 up and having chances, we should have gone further ahead but the last half-hour, we were hanging on if anything.”