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No complaints over Wales loss, says boss John Toshack

Wales manager John Toshack
Toshack's Wales have not won a game at Swansea's Liberty Stadium

Wales manager John Toshack admits the best team won following their 1-0 friendly defeat to Sweden in Swansea.

Bolton striker Johan Elmander struck a minute before the break with a volley into the top corner to claim the win.

"I don't think we can have too many complaints about the result," Toshack told BBC Sport Wales.

"We came up against a very well-drilled side, very experienced at international level, were too good for us and maybe the result was a bit kind to us."

Toshack blamed a lack of consistency in his side and the loss of Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley and Dave Edwards from his midfield.

Ramsey is the biggest loss after suffering an horrific leg break in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, which could rule him out for up to 12 months.

Cardiff's Ledley is out until at least April after having a double hip operation while Edwards suffered ankle ligament damage playing for Wolves.

"It's more disappointing the constant problems we seem to be getting," said Toshack.

"I think the lads who played in midfield tonight I wouldn't fault as they gave as good as they could, but unfortunately against a well-drilled side this wasn't good enough.

"It's a case of getting the continuity and getting these midfield lads that we think are very promising - [Jack] Collison, Ledley, Ramsey, Edwards - getting them together more often and I think we will be OK."

Toshack said the loss of those midfielders also contributed to the lack of chances created because he said they would have pushed up more behind the strikers.

But he would not be drawn on on the absence of captain Craig Bellamy who he left out of the squad.

When asked on his thought's on the Manchester City striker's absence, he said: "No, no, none whatsoever."

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