WE’LL HAVE £85M CHEER­LEADER BALE ROAR­ING US ON SAYS CON­FI­DENT COLE­MAN

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - JAMES CANDY

CHRIS COLE­MAN re­vealed Wales will have the most ex­pen­sive cheer­leader in the world at to­mor­row’s big qual­i­fi­ca­tion show­down – in­jured ace Gareth Bale.

Tom Lawrence’s goal beat Ge­or­gia to set up the crunch clash.

But Lawrence was only play­ing fol­low­ing the calf in­jury to Wales tal­is­man Bale.

Now Cole­man says the £85mil­lion Real Madrid star will be at the game.

He said: “Gareth will be there, James Collins will be there. Gareth only left us on Wed­nes­day, when we flew over to Ge­or­gia.

“He was with us up un­til then and when we got back from Ge­or­gia. I never in­sisted that they come. It’s not me say­ing they have to be there, that’s them say­ing we’re go­ing to be there, make sure we sup­port the boys.

“And we’re go­ing to need it. It’s go­ing to be a hell of a game so we’re go­ing to need all the help we can get.”

Cole­man is not ex­pect­ing a backlash from Sea­mus Cole­man’s bro­ken leg in to­mor­row’s show­down.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land star has not kicked a ball since he was in­jured by Neil Tay­lor’s reck­less tackle when the two sides fought out a goal­less draw in March.

Tay­lor was red-carded but Cole­man is ex­pect­ing a fair but phys­i­cal clash at the Cardiff City Sta­dium.

He said: “We went to Dublin with our own game­plan, we know what the Repub­lic are good at,

“That’s all we can fo­cus on, it’s the last game of the cam­paign, all-or-noth­ing for both teams. So even with­out the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent in Dublin with Tay­lor and Sea­mus, this was al­ways go­ing to be a game where there was two teams lock­ing horns.

“There will be lots of con­tact, it will be phys­i­cal but there are good play­ers there as well.

“There will be chances and there won’t be much in it. But even be­fore that hap­pened in Dublin it was a phys­i­cal game as we ex­pected.

“Neil Tay­lor was ab­so­lutely devastated af­ter the game as were we all. Sea­mus Cole­man’s such a good player and you never want to see that hap­pen.”

Wales began their cam­paign with five draws af­ter beat­ing Moldova at home but they have re­cov­ered to take their qual­i­fi­ca­tion des­tiny into their own hands.

■ CROSS THE LINE: Chris Cole­man ex­pects a tough but fair clash

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