Coleman's side remain unbeaten but they have drawn their last four games, including a 1-1 draw against Group D leaders Serbia in Cardiff last November. "But I don't think that would have been in Aaron's thinking". The keeper asked for the ball so I gave him the ball and he said, "I'm going to stay in the middle, you're going to go down the middle". Coleman has picked up on that shift in the mood back home and believes expectations have changed after reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
"I knew what I was going to do before stepping up and taking it".
"That's the positive and I think we can draw on that for this game".
"We are going to miss Gareth, but we have that little element of surprise that could work in our favour", the Stoke midfielder said.
Although Wales's winless run goes on without suspended star man Gareth Bale, it will surely ruefully reflect on the opportunities passed up in four consecutive draws prior to visiting Belgrade - rather than a hard-fought point here - if it fails to close the gap to Serbia.
"We can't seal the deal".
Wales need to get their skates on if they're to have any chance of qualifying for next year's World Cup. I thought "Here we go again, I remember this place".
And he continued it in Belgrade, providing Wales with that extra yard of pace needed on a hard evening without star man Gareth Bale. "If we want to take our chance in a play-off, it's at least three wins and a draw".
Savage said: "On the back of a fantastic Euros and then not the greatest qualifying campaign, without [Neil] Taylor and Gareth Bale which are huge blows, it's a very inexperience squad and it's going to be very hard".
"The opposition up the tempo for five or 10 minutes and they bombard you". But, of late, this is the kind of game we love.
With Coleman maintaining that this will be his last campaign as manager the prospect of Wales not qualifying for Russian Federation has raised questions about his position and whether he could decide to stand down sooner rather than later, maybe even after the Serbia match if things go badly. Bale provides the stardust to an organised and workmanlike team, but Allen feels Wales can cope in the absence of their talismanic forward.
"You expect a tough game here. There's 15 points to play for and any opposition will know they are in for a real 90 minutes against us".
"Other than the goal, we didn't suffer, but it is true that just a one goal difference made us struggle more than expected after seeing the first-half".
"I don't like talking past the next game, it's never served me right in the past", Coleman said.