Euro 2016: Great start for Wales but nothing achieved yet - Roberts

By Iwan RobertsFormer Wales striker
Wales players celebrate Hal Robson-Kanu's second goal
Wales have lost once in their last eight internationals

Wales are in a great position on top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group after the 2-1 win over Cyprus which maintained their unbeaten start.

This has been Wales' best start to a campaign since the Euro 2004 qualifiers under Mark Hughes, when we won the opening four games.

But Hughes' side struggled in the second half of that campaign and ultimately lost in the play-offs to Russia.

Maybe that side got carried away and thought they were halfway there.

But manager Chris Coleman isn't daft and there are experienced players in the current squad. They know they haven't achieved anything yet.

The side have got to keep working hard but they've shown they are more than capable of doing that.

We've got the talent in the squad and the last two games have shown the players can adapt to different systems and formations.

Euro 2016 qualifying Group B

For the remaining games in this group we're probably going to have to do that, especially in the away games.

We knew Cyprus were going to come here and defend in numbers and try and hit us on the counter-attack.

When you're facing a side like that it's vital you get an early goal. That then draws them out and opens more gaps.

It couldn't have started any worse for us with striker Simon Church going off after a minute with what looked like a dislocated shoulder.

I'm sure Chris Coleman, after seeing Simon forced off so early, must have thought 'What have I done to deserve this?' having already lost 11 players through injury.

But in adversity Wales showed character - you can tell they are a close-knit group of players.

David Cotterill, having been in the international wilderness for a while, came on and took his chance superbly.

Hal Robson-Kanu once again was positive, strong and was a threat and we always know what Gareth will give us.

Chris Gunter was outstanding down the right-hand side and it looks as if Ashley Williams and James Chester have been playing together for years.

They look like being a formidable partnership in the heart of defence, which is vital if we are going to be successful.

Had we not suffered all these injuries we would not have seen George Williams play like he did.

He looks like an international player and I didn't realise how quick he is. He's quite happy to knock a ball past a defender and use his pace to get on the end of it.

We built on that early goal and what a touch and awareness by Bale to know what Robson-Kanu wanted to do.

Once he got through, one against one, there was no doubt he was going to score.

Wales really should have gone in at the interval more comfortably but we conceded a sloppy goal which Chris will be disappointed with.

I don't think Wayne Hennessey would have made that mistake had he played 10 or 11 games this season.

Wayne was outstanding against Bosnia and didn't have as much to do against Cyprus.

But he doesn't play on a regular basis for Crystal Palace, where he is second choice to Julian Speroni, and he's going to find it hard to get into that first team.

Wayne is 27 and at the age now where he cannot afford to sit on the bench.

It's hard not to see him in the starting line-up for Wales but he needs to be playing on a regular basis.

Within three minutes of the second half, we were down to 10 men.

I thought it was a bad challenge and very unlike Andy King, I've never seen him do anything like that.

Wales' upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers
Belgium (a) 16 November 2014; (h) 12 June 2015
Israel (a) 28 March 2015; (h) 6 September 2015
Cyprus (a) 3 September 2015
Bosnia-Hercegovina (a) 10 October 2015
Andorra (h) 13 October 2015

He was late and he was high and couldn't have any complaints. Once he sees the replay he'll know that it was a red card tackle.

It took us a while to adapt to the sending-off.

But after about 10-15 minutes of possession football by Cyprus, who never looked like hurting us and getting that second goal, Wales got to grips with the game.

In the end it looked comfortable for Wales, even though it probably didn't feel comfortable.

Had you asked any Welsh fan beforehand that Wales would have seven points from a possible nine, I think all of us would have been satisfied.

That's a very good start but now we've got three very tough games coming up.

We've got the group favourites Belgium twice and Israel, who I think are a very good side and who have also started the group well.

We need all our top players fit but these two games have shown that maybe we have got a little bit more strength in depth than people thought we had.

Iwan Roberts was talking to BBC Radio Wales Sport's Steffan Garrerro