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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 22:16 GMT
Wales goal fires Bellamy belief
Wales striker Craig Bellamy was relieved to end his goal drought
Wales striker Craig Bellamy was relieved to end his goal drought
Craig Bellamy hopes his luck in front of goal has changed after scoring in Wales' 4-0 friendly victory over Liechtenstein at Wrexham on Tuesday.

The Liverpool striker struck in the 77th minute, had a hand in two other goals and terrified Liechtenstein all evening with his pace and trickery.

"I'd hit the inside of the post and it came out, which is typical at the moment," Bellamy said.

"But I then hit the bar and it went in so hopefully it's turned for me a bit."

Wales cruised to a comfortable victory with Jason Koumas netting twice and Chris Llewellyn adding the fourth.

Before the match, Wales manager John Toshack suggested Bellamy was "playing in a straight jacket" for club side Liverpool.

But the striker thoroughly enjoyed himself against Liechtenstein, even getting back the captain's armband once more when skipper Ryan Giggs was withdrawn at half-time with an ankle knock.

Three local lads came on and our first half in particular I was pleased with

Wales boss John Toshack

Bellamy was particularly delighted to have set up the last-minute strike for Llewellyn, an old friend from their time at Norwich together.

"I was delighted to be in the same game when one of my friends got his first goal (for his country)," Bellamy added.

"A couple of the boys made their debuts today and in the second half the heavy pitch took its toll.

"But I believe we could have scored more, we had more chances but you can't be too dissatisfied.

"It was a good performance, a lot of players came in and did well and it's always nice to get a win."

It was the first time that Wales had scored two goals under boss Toshack, who enjoyed the performance from an under-strength side.

That saw Wales field three Wrexham players on their home ground, Llewellyn plus debutants Steve Evans and Mark Jones.

"We can be pleased. We scored four goals which is always pleasing and they were good quality goals as well," Toshack said.

"Three local lads came on and our first half in particular I was pleased with.

"Maybe at the back there were two or three sloppy balls, but some of our football was very pleasing."

Country profile: Liechtenstein
18 Jun 06 |  Country profiles


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