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After opening their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Belgium, their manager has urged his side to stay positive and recover for their game against Serbia

Wales manager Chris Coleman has urged his side to bounce back after a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Welsh went down 2-0 to Belgium, and still have not scored a goal under Coleman since he took charge, but the former defender is keen for his side to recover in time for their next game.

Wales were missing a number of key players including Joe Allen and Craig Bellamy, but Coleman refused to use the long list of absentees as an excuse for their lack of goals.

"It is important to get something," he told reporters. "People are not going to look at our situation and say we had this guy and this guy and that guy missing, they are going to say 'you've got no points', which is fair enough.

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"We have to show the same attitude as we showed against Belgium.

"We will try and keep 11 players on the pitch obviously and if we do that we will pick points up, I am certain of that.

"I am certain of that because we have just played the strongest team in the group and done well."

Despite the disappointing result, Coleman was encouraged by his side’s performance, and the improvement shown since their 2-0 friendly defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina a fortnight ago.

He added: "I feel a lot better about our performance even though we didn't get the points, and these games are all about points.

"As a manager you look at your players and think you have worked on certain things and then in the game maybe they don't do what you worked on and what you asked.

"I felt a bit like that against Bosnia but I can't complain about this performance, everything we asked and wanted them to do they attempted it and we have to do this in the next game.

"It is not going to be easy, it was never going to be easy going to Serbia.

"But we can't sit here talking about all the players we have missing, that we have lost to Belgium and had a man sent off.

"We have to flip that around and look at the positives from this performance, and there were plenty of them.

"We have to take them across to Serbia and if we repeat many aspects of how we played against Belgium we will get a result, no doubt about it."