Coleman hails brilliant Wales
Wales boss Chris Coleman hailed his 'magnificent' players after they beat Macedonia 1-0 in Cardiff to climb off the foot of qualifying Group A.
After a goalless first period, Coleman's side twice hit the crossbar via David Vaughan and debutant Declan John before Simon Church got the all-important winner from a Craig Bellamy assist on 67 minutes.
Aaron Ramsey was then fouled by Nikolce Noveski in the box but saw his penalty saved by Tome Pacovsk to set up a nervy finish.
But injury-hit Wales, missing 11 players from Coleman's initial squad selection, ground out a first win in five games to lift their boss, who has come under pressure with his side fighting to avoid last place in the group.
"I thought we were brilliant," the manager said. "With the changes we had to make, we were missing a lot of players, but we got a great debut from Declan John so I'm delighted for him.
"To a man we stood our ground. We had to ride our luck a little bit but we played good football and took our chances. I thought our lads were magnificent."
Coleman admitted it was a nervous end, but could have no complaints regarding Ramsey, despite that missed spot-kick.
"'Rambo' was again breathtaking. At times he does things not many can do. When you need someone to put a foot on the ball and give you a breather he can do that.
"Then he missed the penalty but he certainly struck it hard enough. But the players kept their focus and got the three points they deserved."
Wales now head to Belgium to finish their campaign against Group A's impressive leaders, who have booked their ticket to Brazil.
Asked how he would prepare for the challenge, Coleman was blunt.
"I've ordered 23 tin hats for next Tuesday," he said. "It's going to be hard."