WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS - RAMSEY
Captain Aaron Ramsey insists Wales are moving in the right direction under Chris Coleman despite their 2-0 defeat to Mexico at MetLife Stadium.
Goals late in each half from striker Aldo De Nigris gave El Tri victory in New York on a day when Wales struggled with the heat and humidity of the mid-afternoon kick-off and a slow playing surface at the home of city's two NFL franchises.
The result condemned Coleman to defeat in his first game in charge, after taking a background role to Osian Roberts for February's Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica.
Wales did not force Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona to make a single save during the 90 minutes, while his opposite number Jason Brown produced a series of sharp stops at the other end.
But with players of the quality of Gareth Bale, Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley among a lengthy list of injury absentees, the Dragons were always likely to be up against it.
And despite the disappointment of having suffered back-to-back defeats, Ramsey remains confident Wales will be a force to be reckoned with when World Cup qualifying starts in September.
"Everything is still going in the right direction under Chris," the 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder said.
"Obviously, we will have to bounce back from this pretty quickly in the next camp but I'm sure we will do so.
"We can take some positives, but there's a lot more that this team can do because we have shown over the last year what we are capable of doing."
While the 82,000 capacity MetLife Stadium was less than half full for Sunday's friendly, Wales had to contend with a hostile atmosphere with the large majority of the 35,000 in attendance being Mexico fans.
Wales will face difficult trips to Croatia and Serbia during the upcoming qualifying campaign, and Ramsey believes the experience of being under duress in front of a partisan crowd will help his side when it comes to those competitive fixtures.
"The experience of the heat and the atmosphere of the home fans will help us when we go to places like Croatia and Serbia in the qualifiers," he said.
"Now we will be more used to that and we realise that we will have to keep hold of the ball much better in periods of the game and get a breather that way.
"We didn't manage to do that. We ultimately paid the price and we were tired by the end."
Coleman claimed the challenge posed by the weather was a factor in the manner of Wales' defeat, and Ramsey admitted the conditions were among the toughest he had played in.
"It was very hot and humid," he said. "The heat hits you immediately as soon as you step onto the pitch. We were sweating before we even started running.
"It was a good test for us and one we haven't come across before.
"I'm sure we will take a couple of positives, but on the whole it was disappointing.
"The humidity became a bigger factor as the halves wore. They had a lot of the ball in the second half and we looked tired. It was a big factor."
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