european qualifying

Toshack despondent but vows to battle on

October 15, 2009

John Toshack admits he has not done as well as he would have liked as Wales boss, but insists that he will soldier on in charge.

• Liechtenstein 0 - 2 Wales

Wales' youngsters produced a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein, their final World Cup Qualifying Group Four match of a disappointing campaign.

David Vaughan and Aaron Ramsey scored their first goals for their country to lift the pressure on manager Toshack as they finished the group in fourth place.

Toshack now has a friendly against Scotland in Cardiff on November 14 to prepare for, ahead of a four-month break without a senior international.

And he clearly intends to continue in the job, saying: "I am used to criticism, so long may it continue. I have been criticised in five different languages right across Europe. I can handle that. I have been fortunate over my career to have had success in other jobs.

"I accept that I have not had a good 12 months. We have not pushed on from our win in Denmark - who have qualified well for the finals - last November. Progress has not been what I would have liked, mistakes have been made.

"I have not been as decisive in games as I would have liked. But the problems we have had make it difficult to do that at times. After 30 years I have seen a lot of things, and been under scrutiny a lot of times. I've taken a lot of criticism, but it does not worry me. But smaller sides do cause you problems, particularly if players think it will be easy.

"Any lack of quality, or any mistakes we made, we still had the right attitude and work rate.''

The bright spots of the night were the performances of Vaughan and Ramsey. Toshack only decided to play Ramsey from the start after a chat with the Arsenal teenager over his fitness.

Toshack said: "We were unsure about using Ramsey because of a back problem. I was reluctant to use him, but he wanted to play and said the injury was fine. He ended up having a big impact on the game and also scored his first goal for his country.

"Jermaine Easter also did well after being out of the picture for a couple of years, he worked very hard. And he could have had a couple of goals because he was clear on the keeper on both occasions. His strength got him in for the first one but he snatched at the chance, while their keeper made a fine block from the second.''

Vaughan made Wales' goal on Saturday for Craig Bellamy in Finland, and score the first against Liechtenstein.

Toshack said: "Vaughan can be well pleased with the two goals, we called him up a few times in the last year and for either family problems or injuries he has not been able to make it.

"Over these two matches this past few days, he has done as well if not better than anyone. He made a fine goal for Craig Bellamy in Finland, and finished off a Gareth Bale cross for our first here.''