CARDIFF — Wales captain Ashley Williams (pic) accepts there is no more margin for error in the pursuit of World Cup qualification.
Serbia’s late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff on Saturday left Wales with an uphill battle to reach the 2018 finals in Russia.
The Euro 2016 semifinalists, who have let leads slip to draw their last three qualifiers, are four points adrift of Group D leaders Ireland and two behind second-placed Serbia.
The Welsh Dragons next head to Dublin in March.
“It’s not all doom and gloom,” Williams told reporters.
“We haven’t lost in the campaign and feel we can beat any team. If we have to win all our games we’re confident we can do that.
“It’s frustrating, to take the lead again and not win the game and keep a clean sheet.
“We expect to win games, especially at home, but we didn’t.”
Ireland have four of their next five games in Dublin, while Wales hit the road — they also go to Serbia in June.
“Ireland will be difficult, but it’ll be a close group right to the end,” said Williams.
“We have to play Ireland twice, Austria at home. We’ve got enough in our dressing room to win all.”
Williams said the Wales camp was hurting after Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Gareth Bale’s first half effort — his 26th for his country — five minutes from time.
It was a case of history repeating itself as Chris Coleman’s side lost leads against Austria and Georgia in October.
“The manager said ‘don’t drop your heads, it’s unlucky’,” said Williams.
“He’s hurting the same as we are.
“He’s reminded us we can still qualify as teams will take points off each other. It’s still wide open.” — Agencies