"It was early days under the gaffer and we were just getting used to his tactics. It's hard when a new manager comes in, but what we've achieved since then is amazing.
"We can look back on that and say we've done something special. We're strong as a unit now and hopefully we can show that on Saturday.
"It was emotional, a shock to us all. There was some big players there who have done fantastic things for Wales.
"We don't like losing, let alone 6-1 to a team we're now looking to beat."
Coleman’s side trail Group D after two drawn qualifying games and even after their semi-final place in the summer Euros, the Palace midfielder admits that this group was always going to be a tough challenge.
"We've got to be realistic as a team, it was never going to be a walk in the park, We're top seeds for the group but that doesn't mean we're going to finish top.
"We'd like to be, of course, but it's not as easy as that. They're top of the group at the moment and they're going to be right up there during the campaign.
"But we need to win our home games and bounce back after the Georgia draw."
The 23 year old midfielder joined Ipswich Town on loan in August and has recently overcome injury to make four appearances for the Championship club.
"I want to kick on now, I wouldn't say I am injury-prone, I'm more prone to bad tackles. When I get the ball I like to be direct and that makes me prone to challenges and bad tackles but I have to deal with that."