Jubilant Coleman hails hardworking Vokes

Wales head coach Chris Coleman

Burnley striker Vokes came off the bench to head home the third goal in his side's impressive 3-1 win over Belgium.

Wales head coach Chris ColemanWales head coach Chris Coleman

Wales boss Chris Coleman has told the BBC that Sam Vokes deserves credit for his hard work with the national set up, after the Burnley striker came off the bench to head home a vital goal in his side's 3-1 win over Belgium on Friday.

A historic night in Lille saw Wales haul themselves level through Ashley Williams' powered header on half an hour, after Radja Nainggolan's stunning effort from distance had previously handed Belgium the lead.

Wales' Sam Vokes celebrates at full time

An astonishing performance saw Wales take the lead though Hal Robson-Kanu, before Vokes wrapped up the momentous victory with a pinpoint header five minutes from time, sparking wild celebrations.

And Coleman could not hide his delight at seeing the 26-year-old finding the net, telling the BBC after the game that the forward was reaping the rewards of his hard work.

Wales players celebrate at full time

He said after the game: “I’m really happy for Sam Vokes. He doesn’t always start but he always turns up and works so hard."

It has been an unquestionably memorable tournament for Coleman, who found himself on the brink four years ago following a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Serbia.

Wales celebrate at full time

Coleman's redemption has arguably been remarkable and he could not help but marvel at his team's astounding progress following their latest success.

“Don’t be afraid to have dreams," he added. "Four years ago I was as far away from this as you could imagine. I’ve had more failures than successes but I’m not afraid to fail. We deserve this.”

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