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Three goals after the break when leading 1-0 consigned the young home side to defeat but their manager is full of praise for their performance in the opening 45 minutes

Wales manager Gary Speed called on his side to show greater resilience when under pressure after watching his side lose 3-1 at home to Scotland in the Home Nations Cup.

A goal by captain Robert Earnshaw, the first under Speed, had given the hosts the lead, but three goals in the second half from James Morrison, Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra mean that it is Scotland who will play the Republic of Ireland in a winner-takes-all match on Sunday.

Wales did not start with a single player who had played in the Premier League last weekend, but Speed was pleased with how his young side took on a more experienced Scotland side.

Speaking after the match, he told reporters: “I thought we were excellent first-half, I thought we passed the ball really well showed great composure and scored a great goal and the lads that we brought in off the beach and off the golf course they did really, really well, so I’m very proud of them first-half.

“Second-half we didn’t cope with the pressure that Scotland put on us. It’s always going to come because they are good players and they are a good team.

“So we didn’t really cope with that and we got a bit ragged and we need to learn to stick together because those periods in games are going to happen, especially against strong nations where we’re going to come under pressure, so we need to cope with that better, where we stay organised, stay compact and stick together and we didn’t do that today in the second-half, so hopefully we can learn from that.

“We’ve done a lot of work on the training ground, like I say our first half performance was excellent, I was really pleased with the confidence the lads showed on the ball and how they tried to pass the ball, but there’s still a lot more work to be done.

“As a group of lads they are brilliant, brilliant to work with and they always put 100% in.

“We’ve had to pull people in from everywhere to play and they’ve been really, really good so I’ve got no complaints on that score.”

Speed is still looking for his first win as Wales manager, which he will hope to get on Friday against Northern Ireland who lost 5-0 to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

The match should see the return of regular internationals such as Aaron Ramsay, but Speed was full of praise for the players who had filled in for them against Scotland.

He added: “As a group of lads they are brilliant, brilliant to work with and they always put 100% in.

“We’ve had to pull people in from everywhere to play and they’ve been really, really good so I’ve got no complaints on that score.”

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