‘WALES CAN STILL MAKE IT’
SAM VOKES insists Wales are still in the hunt for World Cup qualification despite the Republic of Ireland taking control of their group. Wales lost the lead for a third successive qualifier against Serbia on Saturday night when Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Gareth Bale’s first-half effort five minutes from time. The 1-1 draw leaves Wales four points adrift of new Group D leaders Ireland ahead of their visit to Dublin next March. Wales also remain two points behind second-placed Serbia, but Vokes remains optimistic over their chances of reaching the 2018 finals in Russia. “It’s early days and we’re still well in this group,” Vokes said. “We’re only four games in, so there’s a lot to play for. But this result does make that Ireland game more important. I wouldn’t say it is mustwin, but it is a massive game. If we win there it will open the group right up.” Ireland’s 1-0 win in Austria extended their excellent start as Martin O’Neill’s side made it 10 points from a possible 12. They have also played three away games and four of their next five qualifiers are in Dublin.