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Winning Start For Williams and Ledley

12 June 2016


Jonny Williams and Joe Ledley helped Wales get off to the perfect start to Euro 2016 as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

A Gareth Bale free-kick and a Hal Robson-Kanu goal were enough to see off the Slovaks, with Williams impressing in an attacking midfielder role, drawing the foul which led to the Real Madrid superstar's strike before being substituted on 71 minutes for the matchwinner.

Joe Ledley made his return from injury as a 69th minute substitute and played a crucial role in Robson-Kanu's effort by playing an incisive pass in the build-up.

However Wayne Hennessey was ruled out of the game with a back problem, but it is hopeful that he could return for Wales' next match against England on Thursday in Lens.

After the Three Lions drew against Russia later that day, a point for Chris Coleman's side could be enough for them to reach the knockout stages, and that result is something that Williams is hopeful of achieving.

The Palace academy graduate said: "Would a draw suit us? Realistically, yes it would. If we can stop them from winning, with us already having three points on the board then that would be a good result.

"I don't think we will be going out there to play for a draw, we want to win. With the players we have and our defensive record, we should be targeting a win. England have some great players but we can't give them too much respect.

"We were all buzzing on the plane, we found out England had conceded and drawn the game just before we took off. It was a bonus, finding out we were top of the group. The boys are still buzzing. We feel like we can achieve something special."

Meanwhile his teammate for club and country Ledley was relieved to be able to get back to fitness in time to play in the opening group game.

After fracturing his fibula six weeks ago, the midfielder has made a miraculous recovery and he paid tribute to the physios who have helped him return to action in the nick of time.

"I'm very proud of myself, very proud of the medical staff who've looked after me, and obviously I'll give them credit because without them I don't think I'd be here today." he said.

"I've worked hard and it's remarkable what I've achieved, and obviously I've got to thank the manager as well for giving me the opportunity to be here. We'll see how it goes from now - the leg's feeling OK.

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