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The solid Wales player ratings as Tottenham’s Joe Rodon leads under pressure and Cardiff City’s Kieffer Moore a nuisance

Danny Ward – 7

Put Friday night’s horrorshow behind him and was tested within 30 seconds. Did well to make himself big after a Wilson error. Stayed alert as the hosts remained a threat until late on. Superb save at full stretch with 10 minutes to go to deny Sinyavskiy.

Ethan Ampadu – 6

On the left of the back three, made a thrusting run midway through first half but his shot didn’t match his endeavour. With the home side staying in the game, he saw the match out even though the defence was creaking. Still appears, to this writer at least, more comfortable in midfield.

Chris Mepham – 6

Like his fellow centre-backs, played quite far forward as Wales dominated possession early on. Important block on 15 minutes to deny Sorga. Had to remain vigilant as Wales could not kill off the hosts, and did so – just.

Joe Rodon – 7 – STAR MAN

Quickly becoming one of the first names on the team sheet. Bailed out Wilson for a mistake in the first half and marshalled the backline well under increasing pressure in the second period.

Sorba Thomas – 6

The young Huddersfield Town man impressed off the bench against the Czechs and came in for Neco Williams here at left wing-back. Lively enough, he got forward at every opportunity. Wales mainly attacked down the opposite flank in the first half but in the second period he was more involved. Booked (harshly).

Connor Roberts – 7

Replaced Chris Gunter in the starting XI, he tested Hein from range with a curling left-footed strike. Considering this was only his second game back after a prolonged absence, his natural fitness levels are frightening. Subbed.

Joe Allen – 6

Was quite quiet last week and was the same here. Solid if not spectacular. Booked.

Aaron Ramsey – 7

Picked up where he left off in Prague. Decent touches were punctuated with good bits of skill. Perhaps played too deep to really put his mark on the game in the final third. Subbed.

Harry Wilson – 7

Rewarded for his bright cameo on Friday with a start, he was subjected to some fairly rough treatment early on. Had Rodon and Ward to thank for saving his blushes after sloppy error in his own box. Still a positive outing, though. Booked and subbed.

Daniel James – 6

Ran and ran at the Estonia backline and got a bit of joy, but against such opposition would have surely wanted to be more influential. His final ball continues to frustrate.

Kieffer Moore – 7

Scrappy goal but he won’t care one jot. Link-up play was improved and he is starting to look like the Kieffer Moore pre-Covid – a proper nuisance. Nearly grabbed a second but couldn’t latch onto Ramsey’s inviting cross. Harshly treated again by officials. Booked and subbed.

Subs:

Harris (71) – Tame shot on the turn from James’ cross but added energy – 5

Morrell (78) – Fresh legs saw the game out for Page – 5

Johnson (83) – chased down and won his side a free-kick as Wales ticked down the clock – 5

Gunter (83) – experienced head added calm when it was needed – 5

Subs not used: Hennessey, A Davies, Cabango, Lawrence, N Williams, J Williams, Vaulks, T Roberts

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