Joe Allen puts the disappointment of Wales’ World Cup campaign in Qatar as he looks for a strong FA Cup run with Swansea
- The Wales midfielder was part of a squad that failed to win a game at Qatar 2022
- They were dumped out with defeats to both Iran and England in the last two games
- Joe Allen said he’s trying to put that disappointment behind him
Joe Allen has got the disappointment of Wales’ performance in Qatar out of his system and is ready for another cup run.
The 32-year-old midfield maestro hopes to guide Swansea City to Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Sunday to launch a strong second half of the season for the club he returned to last summer.
‘It was good for me to get stuck into club football again almost immediately after Qatar. We’ve worked really hard to get to the World Cup and this should be the pinnacle of our careers,’ said Allen.
Joe Allen has put the Qatar disappointment behind him as he looks to succeed at Swansea
‘We threw so much into achieving something but it never happened. The aim for me now is to have a bigger impact in the second half of the season at Swansea.
‘I want to stay fit and play more. The reason I rejoined the club is that I really want to help the team improve and I’m confident I can do that in the second half of the season.’
The FA Cup holds bittersweet memories for Allen, from being benched as a 16-year-old for the first time in 2007 to a semi-final defeat to Liverpool in 2015.
The midfielder will be looking to lead the club to a successful second half of the season – including against Bristol City at Ashton Gate
‘The FA Cup is a great competition full of history and my first experience was at Sheffield United in recent years,’ he added.
‘I didn’t get on the pitch but as a 16-year-old, being on the bench in that kind of situation and being a part of it, was a big help for me. It gave me a taste of what a football career is like and gave me extra motivation to make it in the game.
‘I was lucky to have quite a long career, but that remains a very good memory to me. One of the disappointments was losing the semi-final at Wembley with Liverpool.
‘There’s still plenty of time to have another good cup. That’s what this time of year is all about, thinking that this could be your year to run and have some exciting relationships and go as far as you can.’
Wales were thrown out of the World Cup in a big way with their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Iran