Wales v Australia Player Ratings

Wayne Hennessey 7

Not helped by his defence but should have done better with Australia’s second goal.

Chris Gunter 7

Some decent link up play with Bellamy going forward. Both Australia goals came from the opposite flank.

Neil Taylor 6

Some shaky moments defensively in the first half and exposed for the opening goal, but grew in confidence as the game progressed and showed promise going forward.

Danny Gabbidon 5

Lack of recent regular football showed. Poor first touch and decision-making, conceded needless free-kicks and was hopelessly exposed for Cahill’s opener. Substituted at half time.

Ashley Williams 6

Not as assured defensively as we’ve come to expect from the Swansea centre-half. Did, however, execute some superb long-range passes to set Bellamy free in the first half.

David Vaughan 6

Struggled to get on the ball in the first half. More effective in the second, after the introduction of Collison.

Joe Ledley 5

Poor game from the Celtic midfielder. Seems to be struggling to recreate his early Wales form.

Gareth Bale 8

Yet again, Wales’ best player. Gary Speed needs to build his plans around the Tottenham star. Instrumental in all Wales’ positive play.

Aaron Ramsey 5

The Wales captain struggled to have an impact on the game. Uncharacteristically poor first touch, one of which led to Australia’s opening goal. Substituted at half-time.

Robert Earnshaw 5

Worked hard as always, but given little support in a formation that didn’t suit his style of play. Struggled to make a telling impact.

Craig Bellamy 8

Along with Bale, was at the heart of Wales’ best play. Wears his heart on his sleeve, whether it’s a friendly or a competitive game.

Substitutes:

Jack Collison 7

Great to see the West Ham midfielder back after a lengthy lay-off through injury. Added some spark to a midfield that had been lacklustre in the first half.

Darcy Blake 6

Spared Wales’ blushes somewhat by scoring his first ever senior goal, late in the second half.

Steve Morison 6

Still has some work to do to establish himself as a regular for Wales.

Adam Matthews 6

A solid enough display for the 19-year-old after his introduction on 63 minutes.

Joe Allen 7

Definitely a bright prospect for Wales’ future.

Pictures courtesy of www.faw.org.uk

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