AUSTRIA manager Hans Krankl was delighted with his side's performance which keeps them in touch with Group Six front-runners England and Poland.
"I'm very happy with the result and I was proud of my team. They played exactly how I wanted them to and in the end we could have won by more than two goals," he said afterwards..
The former striker said he was pleased that Robbie Savage, dropped by Wales boss John Toshack, had not been involved. "I was happy to hear he was not playing because he is a really good, hard player," he added..
Krankl, who was under pressure to get a result in Cardiff, went on: "The work we started in the European Championship campaign is ongoing. We have a lot of young players but they stuck to the gameplan and we had a bit of luck when we needed it. "We scored the goals late in the game but I was nervous at 1-0 because with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy on the field, there is always a danger and they are both likely to score a goal.
"I was only able to relax when we got our second goal."
Looking ahead to the return in Vienna, he added: "It will be another hard match on Wednesday and Wales will probably play more defensively and try to make it difficult for us." "We don't have a God-given right to play in the finals of the World Cup but we will always go out and do our best, starting now with Wednesday."
Wales defender Mark Delaney has pleaded for new boss John Toshack to be given time to mount his re-structuring of the national team.
Aston Villa star Delaney played his 32nd international and his first match for eight weeks after a knee injury in the 2-0 defeat by Austria in a deflated Millennium Stadium.
And he was part of a defence which collapsed under the pressure of counter-attacks which followed a late change by Toshack that gave the initiative to the Austrians.
But Delaney said: "In the remaining group matches John has to work out the players he wants to start with, his strategy and his organisation as we strive for a winning formula.
"We are in a rebuilding process after the retirement of a lot of experienced players, so everyone must be patient. Things just won't click overnight.
"John is trying to get his style across and he is trying to play a more attacking and high-tempo game but we must continue to work on the style he wants us to play."
He added: "We are going through a difficult time of rebuilding and there are a lot of young lads trying to find their feet and they will need time. We are all disappointed that our World Cup campaign is effectively over, but we must remain positive on our long-term goals.
"Austria's goals were both poor and we gave the ball away too easily. But we are trying different things, we knew we couldn't qualify so John was trying to find out what might work and what won't."