Wales midfielder Joe Allen has given his backing to boss Chris Coleman, insisting it is the players who must feel the pressure to up their game going into the World Cup qualifying double-header against Scotland and Croatia.

Ahead of Friday's clash with the Scots at Cardiff City Stadium and the match against Croatia in Osijek a week from Tuesday, the Dragons are bottom of Group A having lost their opening two fixtures - a 2-0 home reverse to Belgium and then a humiliating 6-1 drubbing in Serbia.

Those results extended Wales' losing streak since Coleman was appointed as successor to the late Gary Speed to five games. But when asked if the right man was at the helm for Wales, Allen told Press Association Sport: "Yes, of course. Of course we are (all with him). He is a fantastic manager and preparations have been perfect for us."

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