Ramsey: Wales currently on a high

Captain Aaron Ramsey says the Wales squad are "buzzing" following the strong finish to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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The Dragons had opened their Group G effort with four straight defeats, but Wednesday night's 1-0 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia was their third win in the four games since.

Gareth Bale capped another outstanding individual display with the only goal in an almost deserted Vasil Levski Stadium, with home fans opting to stay away in protest at the state of the national side.

Victory gave Gary Speed's side back-to-back wins in competitive fixtures for the first time since 2005 and, after the despair that greeted the poor start to this campaign, hopes are now high that Wales can launch a genuine bid to reach the 2014 World Cup finals when those qualifiers get under way next year.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey says he and his team-mates are brimming with confidence after racking up wins over Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria over the course of the last five weeks.

"I thought we showed some great character," he said.

"We have been working on things in training and they came out in the game so I think we deserved the result.

"We created a few opportunities where maybe we could have got a few more goals, but the pitch wasn't the greatest and I thought we dealt really well with it.

"The dressing room is buzzing, the lads are all happy with the way things are going and they have grown into the role and into the style we want to play, so I can't wait to get out there for Wales again.

"It's an away win and a clean sheet away from home which is another great positive. I'm sure the staff will look over the video and see a few areas we need to improve upon and hopefully we can improve again in the next game."

Manager Speed admitted that victory in Bulgaria had exceeded his expectations, and praised the attitude of his players for dealing with the surreal atmosphere and a difficult, heavy pitch.

Ramsey, 20, echoed those sentiments and believes the performances ranks as one of the best since he was made captain in March.

"It was definitely up there because it takes character to come to this sort of place and get a result," he said.

"There were not many home fans there so it was quite difficult to get up for the game, but our fans were fantastic and on a bad pitch we did very well."

Welsh eyes will now turn to that World Cup campaign, where they have been drawn alongside Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia in Group A.

And while the camp is in good spirits, Ramsey insists Wales still have work to do if they are to make an impact.

He said: "Just because we got the win doesn't mean we are going to sit on it. We want to improve, we'll work on our weaknesses and hopefully learn for the next game.

"There's definitely room for improvement from everyone and as a team defensively."



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