Wales second-half encourages Toshack

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Wales manager John Toshack praised a "pleasing" second half performance by his team after they crushed Luxembourg 5-1 in Llanelli.

Swansea forward David Cotterill had given Wales the lead before Joel Kitenge's spectacular strike pegged them back. But the second period proved one-way traffic as Joe Ledley converted a penalty before Wales scored further goals through Andy King, Ashley Williams and outstanding captain Craig Bellamy.

"In the second-half we were a lot more fluid in our play and a bit more decisive," said Toshack.

"People didn't hold back. We were a little bit sluggish during the first half, but right from the off in the second half we produced some good attacking play.

"Once things opened out, and we got the ball to Craig and David Cotterill, we caused a lot of problems. The second-half performance was pleasing."

Toshack hailed a strong international debut from Millwall striker Steve Morison, who led the line expertly and proved an excellent front-man for the likes of Bellamy and Cotterill.

"Although Steve Morison didn't score, the opposition needed to look out for him," Toshack added.

"He gave us a presence in attack that regarding the future was interesting.

"The centre forward did well - he occupied people. A team without a centre forward is like a pub without beer.

"Although he didn't score, he did some decent things. He can be pleased with his performance."

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