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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 18:05 GMT
Toshack rues key Welsh mistakes
Wales boss John Toshack
Wales boss John Toshack admitted he may have been too eager to beat Austria in Saturday's 2-0 World Cup qualifer loss.

"At 0-0 with 15 minutes left I thought 'Well maybe we'll go and try and win it'," said Toshack.

"We put Rob Earnshaw on and took Simon Davies off and maybe that wasn't a particularly intelligent thing to do as we lost two goals afterwards.

"But they did have opportunities before that and we now have to pick ourselves up for Wednesday's return in Vienna."

Despite admitting to a possible tactical mistake in his eagerness to gain a victory in his first competitive match in charge, Toshack felt that Austria were still the dominant side.

"If we're honest with ourselves I don't think we can begrudge Austria the result," added Toshack.

"We did have opportunities, their keeper has made a good save from Ryan Giggs in the first half and he has made some excellent saves in the second.

"John Hartson also had a good chance, but we would have to say the Austrians had their chances before they scored.

You always wonder if you could have done anything better
Wales boss John Toshack

"They looked fitter and stronger than us, they looked more compact than we did and the result was probably about right.

"But we made things hard for ourselves; our passing wasn't really good enough for this level and we caused uneccessary problems for ourselves.

"We did okay but looked a little bit short of confidence at times - did we really believe in ourselves, particularly when we were coming out with the ball?"

Early preparations for the match at the Millennium Stadium were overshadowed by the retirement of midfielder Robbie Savage.

Savage quit international football after Toshack left the Blackburn player out of the squad to face the Austrians.

"You always wonder if you could have done anything better," Toshack said, but denied that Savage would have made any difference.

"We've had to make lots of changes, particularly in that midfield area and I would accept responsibility.

"But Robbie Savage has been an integral part of this side that has gone 10 games without a win as well."


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