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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2006, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Keeper Jones looks to bounce back
Paul Jones
Jones hopes he has not said goodbye to the Wales team
Veteran keeper Paul Jones has vowed to fight to ensure that his nightmare 50th cap will not be his last for Wales.

The QPR man, 39, was held to blame for at least two of the goals in Wales' 5-1 loss to Slovakia and is under pressure from Lewis Price and Jason Brown.

"You go straight back to training and work hard or you'll never go on a pitch again," said Jones, who shaved a dragon and 50 into his hair before the game.

"You can't make mistakes at this level like I did, I hold my hands up."

Of course that wasn't the way I wanted to celebrate 50 caps

Paul Jones

Jones, who became the 25th player to reach the Wales 50-cap landmark, admitted his disappointment at the way the Millennium Stadium game turned out - both for himself and for the youngsters in red around him.

"Of course that wasn't the way I wanted to celebrate 50 caps, I was very disappointed, we were all shattered, especially the young lads," said Jones, who hopes to retain his place against Cyprus in Cardiff on Wednesday.

"We had to try to pick them up because a lot of them hadn't experienced anything like that before.

"As for the match, we had a good few chances and then they score with a scuffed effort on the far post and their only other two chances of the first half.

Paul's won 50 caps and that says it all - not many players have done that

Danny Gabbidon

"They punished us. We were not playing badly but conceded bad goals.

"We still thought at the break we were good enough to get back into the game, but it wasn't to be."

Wales centre-back Danny Gabbidon had words of consolation for Chirk-man Jones.

"Paul's an experienced guy and a great goalkeeper," Gabbidon told BBC Sport Wales after the Slovakia game.

"He's won 50 caps and that says it all - not many players have done that.

"He's a good professional and he'll be more determined than anyone on Wednesday."

SEE ALSO
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Wales 1-5 Slovakia
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Cyprus 5-2 Republic of Ireland
07 Oct 06 |  Internationals


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