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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 October 2005, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Toshack pleased with Wales spirit

Wales manager John Toshack
Wales manager John Toshack said his side's spirit was the most pleasing factor of the 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

"The way we came back to win the game after throwing away a two-goal lead was the most satisfying aspect," he said.

"We tried to play decent football in difficult conditions and got our reward with two super goals on the counter attack.

"So overall, to score three goals away from home is very satisfying."

Clinical first-half finishes from Simon Davies and Carl Robinson put Wales in command at a windy Windsor Park.

John Hartson then wasted a golden opportunity to kill the game when his weak penalty was saved by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Maik Taylor.

Simon Davies was back to the player we know from the years gone by
Wales manager John Toshack

The home side drew level after just four minutes of the second half, but Ryan Giggs ensured Toshack won his first competitive match in charge when his free-kick deceived Taylor.

Toshack added: "Ryan is leading by example. He struggled to get into the game early on but we felt if we could get the ball to him he could cause trouble because their back four are not the quickest.

"I thought Simon Davies was back to the player we know from the years gone by and Ryan with his cross for the second goal and his free-kick obviously gave a major contribution.

"Those two can be pleased with themselves, and I'd like to say a word about Paul Jones as well.

"We came into this game with three goalkeepers out - Danny Coyne, Wayne Hennessey and Lewis Price, who was so looking forward to making his debut had to pull out at the last minute.

"But that's the beauty of football. Paul Jones has been a great servant to his country and conducted himself in an excellent manner when he's been left out and he's had his reward in this match.

"I'm as pleased for him as I am for anyone else."




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