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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 21:11 GMT
Toshack slams 'worst ever' Wales
Wales manager John Toshack
Wales manager John Toshack launched a scathing attack on his side after their 1-0 friendly defeat in Cyprus.

Toshack said: "That was the worst international performance that I have ever witnessed.

"I was embarrassed by what I saw and I feel sorry for our fans for having to see that because they came out to Cyprus in numbers to support us.

"We tried something in the first half and it didn't work and then we changed after the break and it was even worse."

Chrysis Michael scored the winner for Cyprus with a 42nd-minute penalty after Danny Collins tripped Konstantinos Makridis.

What I saw out there bitterly disappointed me. I could have done better and so could many of the players
Wales manager John Toshack

Wales managed only one shot in the entire game - a Rob Earnshaw effort that curled wide on 85 minutes.

"I will now not see these players for about four months so there is no point in not saying how I feel. I have never been one for avoiding the issue," Toshack added.

"What I saw out there bitterly disappointed me. I could have done better and so could many of the players.

"We were missing a lot of our first choice but that is not an excuse. It goes with the territory of being Wales boss.

"I just hope we are going through an uneasy spell with genuine injuries. But we will have to do a lot better than that to get anywhere near the required level."

Toshack, who has been in charge of Wales for almost exactly 12 months, accepted that it is down to him to turn the team around.

He said: "What you saw out there stops with me. I'm the man who is supposed to make it better but I couldn't tonight.

"I know I can do better than what we saw and some of these lads can as well.

"The 1-0 result flattered us. If it had not been for our keeper Lewis Price, we could have been on the wrong end of an even worse defeat.

"I cannot be too pleased with some of my decisions and I am going to have to work a lot harder and better than that."

Interview: Wales coach John Toshack


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