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Wales delighted but Belgium still upbeat

While Wales hailed "a big result" after drawing 0-0 in Belgium, the hosts stressed that the scoreline was "not a disaster", coach Marc Wilmots ruing the lack of a finishing touch.

Wales delighted but Belgium still upbeat
Wales delighted but Belgium still upbeat ©UEFA.com

• Joe Ledley believes Wales are in a "fantastic position" after 0-0 draw in Brussels
• "Point is a big result for us," says Welsh midfielder
• Jan Vertonghen insists draw "is not a disaster" for Belgium
Marc Wilmots says Belgium just "lacked the final touch"
Next games: Belgium v Cyprus, Israel v Wales (28 March)

Joe Ledley, Wales midfielder
We thought we may have been up there [after four games] but not on top, especially with the teams we have – it's a very difficult group. So we'll take this all day; it's a fantastic position we're in.

As a team we're all together; it's a fantastic unit. The team bonding is brilliant. Everyone wants to meet up and see each other and that's what you need. You don't want injuries and everyone's trying hard to stay fit for Wales. We're in a fantastic position but we just need to take it game by game. We have Israel away next, which is another very hard game, but we just need to keep going and keep plugging away.

I play in the Premier League so I've played against some of these players a couple of times already and we know they are a fantastic team – they went to the World Cup. Coming here to get a point is a big result for us. Hopefully we can kick on from that and if everyone's fit for the next game then we can go again.

Chris Coleman, Wales coach
Belgium had chances to win the game; they are a great team – they have players that can create chances from nothing. We played courageously and tried to stay in the game for as long as possible. We can come to a place like Belgium and draw with a clean sheet. We have grown as a team, and now we can play without possession without being punished. In the past, even with [Craig] Bellamy and [Ryan] Giggs, we never qualified. We are in this campaign and the pressure is on. We are in a good position and we are on the right track to get second or third place. It is a shame we have to wait a few months before we play again, but we can enjoy this result.

We will not be over-confident – there is still too much to do – but we expect to qualify. We are in the mix. We cannot always rely on [Gareth] Bale. We created a lot of chances tonight and Bale played for the team. Gareth is used to playing in stadiums like this with 40 or 50,000 supporters, with so much pressure. Not all our players are used to that and Gareth told the others that everything would be OK.

Jan Vertonghen, Belgium defender
We hoped to have more points [at this stage], I think seven, but we've played against two strong teams so five points is not a disaster. But today we expected more. Wales came for a draw and they got what they wanted. We didn't create too much because they had a strong back four and four in front of them. It was difficult to create chances.

Maybe we should have started earlier with long balls to [Marouane] Fellaini and [Christian] Benteke, but we tried to play our game, to be dominant and create chances with [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne from the wings. It didn't really go well because we didn't score, but I think we played a good game today.

Two teams go straight through to the EUROs so we have enough of a chance. There are at least three strong teams with [Belgium, Wales and] Bosnia, and even Israel and Cyprus are looking good, so we just have to win our next couple of games.

Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach
We did our best tonight – we shouldn't be upset. We didn't quite do it tonight, but we can do it next time; five points out of nine it is not a catastrophe. Every team will get points. We played to win and we pushed them back. We tried everything, but to improve we have to take our chances. We hit a post and [Nacer] Chadli had a big chance. Belgium deserved to win – we had five or six chances but lacked the final touch. We will keep on working to get into the top two positions in the group.

[Dries] Mertens has concussion [following a collision with George Williams]. He was conscious in the dressing room and is now at the hospital with our team doctor. He will stay there a couple of days.

Wales have good individuals and a good group which defends well. If they want to get to Belgium's level, they have to create chances, not just on the counterattack. That is the next step for Wales. It's not a surprise that they are playing really well at the moment.