Woodburn came up with goods when we needed it, says Coleman

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Gareth Bale claimed two of Wales four goals in their previous meeting with Moldova

His perfectly angled header giving the keeper no chance.

"It doesn't matter who scores the goals, it's a team game".

"It was just a dream come true", said Woodburn, who has been part of Chris Coleman's senior squads since March but had to wait to win his first cap.

If the effort and will to win was exemplified by Bale's last-ditch tackle as an Austrian attacker bore down on goal, then just minutes later it shone through from the stand to the pitch.

Group leaders Serbia are four points better off ahead of their game with the Republic in Dublin on Tuesday.

"The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could", Woodburn told Sky Sports, after becoming Wales' second youngest goalscorer in history at 17 years and 322 days, behind only Gareth Bale. They dug in against Austria and the youngster Ben Woodburn did fantastically well to secure them the win.

First, Bale's acrobatic overhead effort was superbly clawed away by Lindner before Hal Robson-Kanu's drive clipped the base of the post with virtually the final kick of the game.

Wales had never previously won in Moldova, a statistic that proved sobering to those still high on the fervour of Saturday, and were certainly not going to be in for an easy ride from the hosts.

Last night, with Wales struggling 0-0 away with Moldova once again he came off the bench - just after the hour mark.

We all knew it was going to take a bit of time to break down Malta but you have to be concerned about some of the players and how they dealt with that pressure, although I think Raheem Sterling might have been feeling a bit of emotional strain after being linked with Arsenal!

Gareth Bale has said that he helped persuade Ben Woodburn to reject the overtures of England.

Moldova, however, weren't going to go down without a fight and poor defending from Wales nearly led to Radu Ginsari poking home, but luckily for Wales, the chance went begging for the hosts.

Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey saw Wales beat Moldova 2-0 and in the process move into second place in Group D. This win keeps their play-off hopes well and truly alive.

With the Irish hosting Serbia in their next match, there is an opportunity for Wales to make up ground on at least one of the two teams that are above them in the qualification group.

"But these players need support - no matter how they played".

Woodburn has certainly shown a lot of promised and has been touted as a possible superstar for the future.

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