Win over Scotland was massive for Coleman, admits Allen

The 2-1 World Cup qualifying win against Craig Levein's team was proof that the Wales squad are fully behind the under-fire coach according to the Liverpool midfielder
Wales midfielder Joe Allen has admitted that his country's 2-1 win over Scotland was a hugely significant result for under-fire coach Chris Coleman.

Coleman's team came from behind to secure their first three points of the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, courtesy of a brace from Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

Despite being only nine months into the job, Coleman's future at the helm of the national team has been called into question after a string of poor results including a 6-1 thrashing against Serbia.

But Allen insists that the players are fighting for their boss - and their performance during the victory against rivals Scotland illustrated just that.

"It's a massive win for the manager," Allen told reporters. "We, as players, spoke about how our performance wasn't good enough in Serbia.

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"People may have questioned the desire of the players, but that was never the case. We showed that against Scotland, how much the game meant for us to play for our country and get those three points.

"We're fully behind the manager and the performance speaks volumes of our faith in him. It's about time that we got three points for him."