Speed hits out at cup scheduling

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Wales manager Gary Speed accused organisers of the Carling Nations Cup of disrespecting his side after Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to Scotland in Dublin.

Speed said in the build-up to this week's games in Dublin that his team had been treated unfairly by schedulers for giving them two games in 48 hours and made his point more forcefully following the Scotland defeat. With another game against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, Speed chose to start without most of his Premier League players and field an inexperienced side.

Speed said: "I think the tournament has been undermined by attendances and the schedule as well. We have been treated like the poor relations in this one. To play two games in three days is ridiculous when Scotland don't play now until Sunday."

He added: "It is not a level playing field so that undermines the credibility of the tournament."

Wales started the game brightly with stand-in captain Rob Earnshaw capitalising on a Stephen Crainey mistake to fire his side into a half-time lead. But Speed is still waiting for his first win in charge after Scotland, with Charlie Adam to the fore, hit back through James Morrison, Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra.

Speed added: "I was delighted with the first half. We played really well. I was delighted with some of the lads that came in.

"I thought they were excellent first half, they played with a lot of confidence, passed the ball about and created some chances.

"We were the better team but it was always a balancing act between players who haven't played a lot of football and players who have played too much.

"I thought (in the) second half Scotland put us under a lot of pressure and we didn't deal with it as well as we should have.

"We got a bit ragged and Scotland tore us apart. That is something we have got to improve on because we are going to have games against stronger opposition and be under a lot of pressure."

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James Morrison
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