Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Better side won, admits Wales boss Toshack

Wales boss John Toshack conceded that his team deserved to lose 2-1 tonight against Montenegro, but refused to be critical of Danny Gabbidon who conceded a first-half penalty and was to blame for the second goal.

Those two strikes - Stevan Jovetic's spot-kick and Radomir Dalovic's turn and shot past Wayne Hennessey seconds from half-time - put the hosts in full control.

Sam Vokes pulled one back with a clever header after the break to make the final score 2-1, but Toshack said: "The lads did well to get back into the game, but after we scored they just did not take it on and produce more.

"It was very, very hot out there and a lot of the boys have not played much football yet. So it was tough.

"But those two goals near the end of the first-half changed the game, it was very hard to come back after that."

Toshack conceded: "I have no complaints about the result, we were beaten by the better side on the night.

"But I have no problem with Gabbidon. He has been out for almost two years with a succession of injuries, it was just good to see him back on the pitch for us.

"I felt the penalty was a really soft one. I suppose that when you play away to Montenegro and they have a Serbian referee, you wonder what is going to happen.

"But there may well have been an earlier penalty that was not given, so I have no real complaints.

"Danny was always going to stay on for the full 90 minutes, unless he said otherwise during the game.

"He desperately needs game time after this long out, and we needed to let him have that if he is going to be in any position to play against Russia next month."

Toshack added: "There were other things that didn't function about our side. We depend on getting the full-backs forward, but it did not happen.

"And maybe we did not get a grip of their clever midfielders, Jack Collison was left having to do a lot of running around with Joe Ledley and Aaron Ramsey getting pulled out of position to go wide, where we should have had full-backs doing that.

"It was a difficult game, very hot, and we lost it in a crucial ten minute spell before the break.

"We had created a few good chances of our own up until that point, but two goals like that and one just seconds from the interval made life very hard for us.

"Even after we scored, we did not really trouble their defence too much, and that was a disappointment."

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