Wales too reliant on Bale, Rush says

Gareth Bale has been praised by Ian Rush for his performance in helping Wales beat Andorra but the former Liverpool striker believes Chris Coleman’s side need to ease the burden on the Real Madrid winger, Sky Sports has reported.

Bale scored both goals in Wales’ 2-1 win over the minnows, helping the Dragons come from a goal down and avert a shock defeat. Rush added that no other player could have rescued Wales the way Bale did but wants to see the rest of the team step up.

“He was absolutely fantastic,” Rush said. “I don’t think anyone else in the world could have done what he did.

“I think it was a very difficult game,” he continued. “Firstly it was three points in the bag, which was needed, but again we didn’t have enough shots in the game. But one special person gets you out of trouble.

“It was summed up tonight, really – we are relying on him. I think it’s a big boost when he’s in the Wales team. If he’s not playing for Wales the opposition must think hang on, we’ve got a chance here.

“Hopefully when they’re playing on a better pitch, when they’re playing at home, maybe other players will come in to play.”

The goals were Bale’s 13th and 14th for Wales, half as many as Rush managed in his international career. Rush made 73 appearances for Wales, compared to Bale’s 45 to date.

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