Wales' Ashley Williams 'vital' against Republic of Ireland
Wales manager Chris Coleman has given captain Ashley Williams special praise after Wales' goalless draw with Republic of Ireland.
The Swansea centre-back put in a dominant display in the friendly.
"That's one of the reasons we gave him the armband, he's experienced, vocal and a solid defender," said Coleman.
"He's vital for us because we are open and expansive when we've got the ball and if we lose it in tight areas teams can get at us."
Coleman was also impressed by West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill after Wales faced a few late scares in a game where the visitors enjoyed much of the possession and the better chances.
"They created chances and we needed to call on Boaz once or twice and he had a fine, fine game. A superb game," added Coleman.
The manager reinforced his view that Wales needed to overcome the barrier of playing without Gareth Bale in the team.
Tottenham winger Bale, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, sat out Wednesday's match with a minor foot injury.
"When he's not in the team people say 'oh no, we have to do without him', including me," said Coleman.
"But we've got to get over that psychological barrier. He may have a suspension, he may have a knock."
Wales did beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier without Bale in March, but Coleman concedes the Cardiff-born player is key to his plans.
And for that reason Coleman hopes Bale's transfer is sorted out one way or another before Wales play Macedonia on 6 September.
"We want a player with a clear mind because these next four games are huge for us," he said.
"We won't qualify. Mathematically it's not impossible but Croatia and Belgium are gone so we have to try and finish third.
"And that will be us setting ourselves up and us trying to climb the rankings and we've got to keep the momentum going, it's as simple as that."