Bale wants Wales redemption

05 September 2010 02:30

Gareth Bale claims Wales' next match cannot come quickly enough as the players bid to atone for defeat in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

Manager John Toshack's position is under scrutiny after Wales suffered a demoralising 1-0 loss in Montenegro on Friday. The result, even at such an early stage of the campaign, has placed huge emphasis on next month's home clash with Bulgaria.

In-form Tottenham star Bale is anxious to get back into action and said: "It was a massive disappointment but it's one of those things. Hopefully, though, we can win the next game. We have to pick ourselves up now. The Bulgaria game is next month and the sooner the better. We'll be ready and prepared and we'll take that as it comes."

Wales have not played in the finals of a major tournament since 1958 and have grown used to having to play catch-up in qualification campaigns.

Captain Craig Bellamy, who won his 60th cap in the Podgorica loss, has experienced several failures himself in his 12 years as an international player.

The 31-year-old said: "Whether we deserved to lose or not, we have still started the group with no points.

"It's not unfamiliar territory because we've been down this road for a number of years.

"Starting a group with a win doesn't half give you confidence going into the rest of the games, but I've started a number of groups with losses, so as always the next game is another big one."

Source: PA