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Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 19:55 GMT
Lawrence anger at Earnie's joy
Robert Earnshaw celebrates scoring for Wales
Earnshaw celebrates his spectacular goal against Bosnia
Wales' over-indulged fans roared their approval as Cardiff's Robert Earnshaw crowned his stunning goal against Bonia with a spectacular celebration.

A cloud-reaching front somersault was followed on landing by a drop to his knees as he pointed to the thrilled crowd.

But one man wincing rather than wowed was club manager Lennie Lawrence.

"The way he was most likely to get an injury on the night was that celebration where he lands on one knee," Lawrence told BBC Sport Wales.

"That had me twitching a bit but he seems to be ok.

"I'm obviously pleased he got the goal. He doesn't need any more confidence but that'll put him in good spirit.

"It was a classic Earnie goal out of nothing."


He's come a long way in a year, that boy (Rhys Weston)

Lennie Lawrence
Lawrence's words were echoed by former Wales international Mickey Thomas who warned of the dangers of Earnshaw's manoeuvre.

They are not the first to tell the player of the potential risk.

Alan Cork, Lawrence's predecessor at Cardiff, went so far as to fine Earnshaw for every somersault celebration.

It started at 50, but doubled for every flip thereafter.

The penalties failed to stop the extrovert Earnshaw, and his somersaults have been a familiar sight this season.

But it seems that the extra drop at the end of the acrobatics is the thing troubling Lawrence, understandably as the multi-million pound-rated front man's value continues to soar.

Rhys Weston
Lawrence says Rhys Weston will learn from his Wales experience
If Earnshaw can expect amonishment from his club manager, his team mate Rhys Weston may find an encouraging word.

The young defender was tormented at right back in the Bosnia game and looked a forlorn figure after his 70th-minute substitution.

But Lawrence is sure his player will learn and profit from the experience.

"It was a big step up for him, but he stuck at it and did well," said Lawrence.

"The pace of the game, the passing and movement was something totally different.

"He's come a long way in a year, that boy."

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