Aaron Ramsey 'felt calm, confident' taking Panenka penalty kick for Wales

Aaron Ramsey's penalty helped Wales to a precious 1-1 draw in Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday as they kept their hopes of a place at the finals in Russian Federation alive. Vladimir Stojkovic, the Serbia goalkeeper, made a pig's ear of dealing with Ben Davies's long pass and ended up bringing down Ramsey just outside the area when he realised that he was unable to shepherd the ball out of play. "But it is a good point in the end". Sam Vokes was a handful all game in the air and he could have doubled his team's lead on the hour mark when he got a clean header from a Ledley corner just six yards out, but he headed over.

"We've tried to use all the positives of last summer and I hope we'll be able to do that throughout our careers", said Allen.

"I don't like talking past the next game, it's never served me right in the past", Coleman said.

But Wales boss Chris Coleman took heart from a performance in which star man Gareth Bale was absent through suspension.

"This is another opportunity for us to go out there and show our togetherness, put in a big shift and hopefully get the result we want".

"I think it would be like that if I went back to Belgrade with my wife for the weekend!"

"They can not afford to lose because if they do I think they'll have too much to do, they've got to get a result in Serbia against a very good side".

There is still hope of qualifying with four games remaining and a four-point gap to close on Branislav Ivanovic's men and the Republic of Ireland.

"I expected that - unless we won every game in this campaign or we were top".

There was further concern in the Wales defence following some pinball in the visitors' box and Aleksandar Mitrovic, scorer of Serbia's late equaliser at Cardiff in November, sounded further warning of his aerial ability when he headed just wide.

"It's identical. It's what we thought as soon as he did it".

Wales remain four points off the top in third place but they know they will probably have to win their four remaining matches to give themselves a chance of heading to Russian Federation next summer. You aren't going to come here and play open football, we did that before and you know what happened.

"I felt at the end we were looking to win it, we had two or three breakaways where it could have been different".

Serbia finally got their reward for relentless pressure after 73 minutes when Mitrovic, an aerial threat in the box throughout the contest, collected a loose ball and fired it past Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey from seven metres.

Despite the initial disappointment after the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Austria, Sunday's results were favourable towards Martin O'Neill's side.

  • Zachary Reyes