Evans makes his mark for Wales

first_imgWales Iceland Wales Wed 28 May 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Topicscenter_img match reports Shares00 Paul Walker in the Laugardal Stadium First published on Wed 28 May 2008 19.01 EDT Evans makes his mark for Wales Ched Evans became the 31st new cap of John Toshack’s 3½-year reign as manager and he scored within five minutes of coming on as a substitute last night, when Wales stretched their undefeated run to six matches. The 19-year-old Manchester City reserve, on loan at Norwich for much of last season, struck after replacing the captain Carl Fletcher, who had been carried off with ankle-ligament damage, as Wales produced a disciplined performance which will give them confidence for Sunday’s friendly against Holland.They started with only Freddy Eastwood up front and Jason Koumas providing the invention from midfield, but once Fletcher was replaced they switched to 4-4-2, with Evans joining Eastwood. Gunnar Thorvaldsson had cause to regret his skied miss for Iceland on 41 minutes when Evans promptly scored with a backheel from Joe Ledley’s cross.Craig Bellamy’s arrival brought pace and ideas to Wales, and one cross almost produced a goal for Sam Vokes. Palmi Palmason’s stabbed effort after 79 minutes was Iceland’s only chance of the half and with a minute to go Andrew Crofts came on for Koumas, with the captain’s armband returning to Bellamy for the finale of an impressive Wales display.last_img

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