Belfast Telegraph

Wales will qualify in Bosnia says Ramsey

By Phil Blanche

Aaron Ramsey insists Wales will finish the job of qualifying for Euro 2016 in Bosnia-Herzegovina next month.

Wales' long wait to qualify for a major tournament must go on for at least another month after Israel frustrated them in a goalless draw in Cardiff and Belgium produced a late winner in Cyprus on Sunday night.

The Group B leaders need one point from the October qualifiers in Bosnia and at home to group whipping boys Andorra to guarantee their place in France next summer and secure qualification for the first time since reaching the 1958 World Cup.

"We feel we can go to Bosnia and grab all three points, that's the confidence in this team at the moment," said Arsenal midfielder Ramsey.

"Hopefully we will be able to do that and have a successful end to what has been a great campaign.

"Sometimes it is a bit easier playing away from home because teams are trying to attack and score, which is a bit more of an open game.

"We saw against Israel it can be quite difficult when a team has 10 or 11 players behind the ball, but we are delighted to have the fans back with us.

"The noise and passion they have shown has been incredible and we hope they will come back for Andorra and there will be plenty to cheer about after that game."

Wales dominated throughout against Israel opponents who showed far more resilience than they did in losing 3-0 at home to Chris Coleman's side in March.

But Ramsey admitted the effects of back-to-back games after playing in Cyprus three days earlier took its toll.

"The travelling was the main thing," Ramsey said.

"It is four-and-a-half hours out to Cyprus and four-and-a-half hours back, and it is the first time a few of us have had to play back-to-back games so close together this season.

"I think that showed in the last 20 minutes, a few of the boys were struggling.

"But we have kept another clean sheet and there is plenty to be positive about."

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