Toshack raises stakes

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John Toshack is calling on his senior players to produce the performances which can keep Wales' World Cup dreams alive.

Wales coach Toshack has described the World Cup qualifying group four match against Finland in Cardiff as a must-win fixture - with Germany next at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday.

"Any chances that we have of qualifying will probably evaporate if we do not win this one," he said. "This one we must win, and we need big performances from Jason Koumas and Simon Davies - our captain (Craig Bellamy) as well."

He added: "I have been pleased with the performances in Germany and Russia - but we didn't get anything. We needed a point somewhere.

"Qualifying will be almost impossible if we now do not beat Finland. We always realised that this would be a pivotal few days, with two home games. The lads know what is at stake."

Toshack senses the equations narrowing for all would-be qualifiers for 2010.

"This is our first real pressure game, more so than in Germany and Russia earlier in the group where we were not expected to win," he said.

"We have a lot of young players around, so we if we are going to get the result we want Jason and Simon, in particular, are two we need good performances from.

"I am sure one day Wales will qualify for something. That is the challenge - but don't forget we are in a group with two of the top sides in Europe, so it could have been easier.

"This is a must-win game - there's no doubt about that. We need the experience of those two; they are creative players and they can produce positive things. They are really important now for us."

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