Date: 16th October 2012 at 10:37pm
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Wales manager Chris Coleman has defended Ashley Williams after his poor back pass gifted Croatia a goal in tonight’s World Cup qualifier.

Croatia opened the scoring in their 2-0 win after Mario Mandzukic charged down the Welsh goalkeeper Lewis Price – who was under pressure after Williams’ soft back pass.

It’s not the first time Williams has been guilty of a costly defensive mistake. He made a poor back pass to help Sunderland open the scoring in their 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium, as well as making a poor header to allow Aston Villa to double their lead at Villa Park.

Coleman defended the Welsh captain, he told BBC Sport:

‘Ashley is a top-class defender, but that end of the pitch was very sticky and the ball got stuck,’

‘That made it difficult for Pricey, the striker closed him down and he couldn’t go anywhere.’


Fellow Swan Ben Davies joined Ashley Williams in defence, while his former team-mate and now Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen started in midfield.