"We weren't going to start him in both games and play him for 90 minutes, we were going to be choosy with when we use him, but he's a good young talent that's for sure".
Aaron Ramsey doubled the Welsh lead in injury time thanks to a deflected effort and in truth it was no more than they deserved given their dominance, and six points from two games for Chris Coleman puts them in a great position to secure a play-off spot in Group D.
Rock bottom of Group D, Moldova are without a win after seven qualifying games and were beaten 3-0 by the leaders Serbia on Saturday night.
"I'll most probably see him when I'm back at Melwood [Liverpool's training ground]", Rush said. The win in Dublin leaves the Serbs four points clear at the top of the World Cup qualifying group, but Wales have given themselves an excellent chance of reaching Russian Federation via the play-offs.
It was a scoreline that reflected Wales dominance but nonetheless it was an uninspired performance from a Wales side that enjoyed 72% of possession.
As for Woodburn, he really does look the real deal.
"We were just not very good at them", he said. "You have to show heart and courage and we have shown that". The Welsh starlet has managed to turn heads far and wide in the past year, no more so than when he slotted the match victor in a World Cup qualifier this weekend.
Martin O'Neill is convinced Ireland can beat Moldova and Wales to keep their World Cup dream alive despite a damaging and controversial defeat by 10-man Serbia.
"It was something he didn't mean to do and as footballers there's nearly an acceptance we will get injuries in our career. We need to make sure we take the "red wall" with us and we're going to have to be a bit better in terms of our all-round play".
"I have not seen it back yet - I have just come out here - but the players in the dressing room say it's a clear-cut penalty and the referee has chosen not to give it". "We could have got the result".
O'Neill was bullish when asked whether he thought Ireland could still make it to Russian Federation next summer.
While Wales ultimately claimed the win, with only ten minutes left it looked as if the home side, who have mustered only two points this campaign, were heading for an unlikely draw. "We are capable of that".