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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2007, 20:00 GMT 21:00 UK
Toshack hails 'special' Eastwood
Wales striker Freddy Eastwood takes on the Bulgaria defence
Eastwood made a terrific start to his international career in Bulgaria
Manager John Toshack hailed Freddy Eastwood's debut goal that gave Wales a 1-0 away friendly win over a strong Bulgaria side on Wednesday.

"It was a really special goal. Freddy knew just what he wanted to do and worked his way into a position to crack it home," said a delighted Toshack.

"We have produced several decent performances of late, several 0-0 draws when we have had chances but missed.

"Now we have got a player up front who knows his business."

Eastwood's stunning goal came in first-half injury time after Wales had been under the cosh for long periods in Bourgas.

In the build up to the game, Toshack had tipped Eastwood to be the man to finally end Wales' goal-scoring problems.

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And the 23-year-old, who became eligible for Wales last season after proving he had a Welsh grandfather, lived up to expectations as he unleashed an unstoppable 20-yard left-foot drive after a strong run down the right flank.

"We have been aware of his goalscoring exploits and have worked hard to make sure he became a Wales international," said Toshack.

"The goal, when it came at that point, gave everybody a real lift.

"When you have been battling away like that, to have someone at the sharp end give you a lift like that is very important.

"Our boys came in at the break really buzzing, and it gave them all confidence to go out and finish the job.

"It also deflated Bulgaria, they struggled in the second half until that late onslaught."

I thought there were some outstanding individual performances

Wales boss John Toshack

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 20, was also singled out for praise by Toshack for making a string of impressive saves.

"He is only a boy really, but at 6ft 5in he is an imposing young man," Toshack added. "When we were under the cosh he made some very important saves for us.

"But it was not just those two. Danny Gabbidon was outstanding, and young players like Andrew Crofts and David Vaughan worked very hard and did fine jobs.

"We had players from the likes of Wrexham, Crewe, Gillingham and Peterborough out there, and they did themselves and their clubs proud.

"There were players who hadn't played any competitive football up to now, while some had played three games in a week.

"But we kept to the same gameplan and considering the players we had missing I thought there were some outstanding individual performances.

"I thought we rode our luck a little bit but did very, very well."

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