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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.

Wales' youngsters produced a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein on Wednesday night, 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 prestige friendly in Cardiff against Scotland 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."

He added: "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."

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