Wales v Montenegro Player Ratings

Wayne Hennessey 8

Montenegro resorted to shots from distance for most of the game, but was alert when called upon late in the second half.

Chris Gunter 8

Provided an excellent attacking threat going forward, linking up well with Bale, but equally solid defensively.

Darcy Blake 7

Showed true commitment to the cause by throwing his body in the way of a shot and making an excellent last-ditch tackle in the final stages of the game.

Ashley Williams 7

A few hairy moments late in the second half, but largely untroubled and worked well with Swansea City team-mate Taylor to provide extra cover when needed.

Neil Taylor 9

With this performance, his 5th cap for Wales, the Swansea City defender looks to have cemented his place in the team. Linked expertly with Bellamy on the flank going forward but equally assured defensively.

Aaron Ramsey 7

It’s still not quite happening for the Wales captain, but he took his goal well.

David Vaughan 8

Worked tirelessly in midfield to break down any Montenegro attack and showed fantastic persistence and footwork in creating Wales’ opening goal. A yellow card means he will miss Tuesday’s game against England.

Joe Ledley 7

An improved performance from the midfielder, who seemed to grow in confidence as the game progressed. Still has some way to go to recreate his early displays under John Toshack, but the signs are promising.

Gareth Bale 10

A sensational performance from the Spurs midfielder. Terrorised the Montenegro back line with his pace, set up Ramsey perfectly for Wales’ second goal and tested the keeper with an audacious shot from 25-yards out in the first half. Electrifying display.

Steve Morison 8

Provided strength and power up front and was in the right place to slot home his first goal for his country.

Craig Bellamy 9.5

A tough call between him and Bale for the Man of the Match award. Excellent going forward, but equally impressive work-rate tracking back and defending when needed. A soft yellow card means he will miss the England game on Tuesday.

Substitutes

Andrew Crofts 7

Replaced Ramsey with just under half an hour left to play. Superb challenge on the edge of the area late on to deny Montenegro a goal-scoring opportunity.

Hal Robson-Kanu 7

Some neat touches and showed good strength.

Robert Earnshaw

Introduced in the 93rd minute.

Gary Speed 9

Realised changes in approach were needed after the friendly against Australia and set Wales out to be aggressive and attack Montenegro, with superb results. Allowed Wales to sit back and invite pressure a little too much in the second half, but overall a great night for the manager.

Pictures courtesy of www.faw.org.uk

 

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