Ukraine 2-2 Wales: We 'have got to be better' says Hayley Ladd

Ladd was captaining her country for the first time, as Wilkinson continued to rotate who wears the armband in this qualification campaign.

After wasting several early chances in the first few minutes, Wales were made to pay when Yana Kalinina added the final touch to an excellent Ukraine counter-attack to open the scoring.

As was the case in the first of the two games, Wales needed time to recover from going behind, and again it needed a Kayleigh Barton penalty to draw Wilkinson’s side level.

This time, however, Wales looked to be heading for victory when Fishlock’s 43rd goal for Wales – one behind Helen Ward’s record – put the visitors 2-1 up.

But after surviving a scare at the start of injury time when Gemma Evans’ header bounced back off her own post, Ukraine did find the back of the net courtesy of Nicole Kozlova’s thumping header.

“We will keep working and we are only at the start of our journey,” said Ladd.

“We have a long way to go in terms of fine-tuning things and making sure we are a little more potent in attack as well.

“We just want to win games for this Welsh shirt.

“We have been waiting to qualify for a major tournament but maybe it’s a stark reminder that we have just got to take it one game at a time and look to really grow our performances.

“Rhian is new in her tenure. It’s about getting to know each other more and learning a new system which poses lots of different challenges.”

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