Bellamy dedicates Wales victory over Scotland to Gary Speed

The Welsh international has hailed his late best friend's influence on the national team and lauded the effect that his former boss had on the football they play
Wales striker Craig Bellamy has dedicated the 2-1 win over Scotland to the late Gary Speed, heralding the legacy the former national team manager created as the catalyst behind their comeback.

After Grant Hanley opened the scoring for Scotland prior to half-time, two goals in two minutes from Aaron Ramsey and Hal Robson-Kanu earned the Welshmen three points as both countries ended the game with 10 men.

Bellamy paid tribute to the influence his former best friend, who sadly passed 16 months ago, had on the national team, citing Speed's influence as the driving force behind Wales' recently developed footballing ethos.

"We're developing footballers here," he told reporters. "We were a left a legacy by an incredible human being and we followed that through. We were also without Joe Allen, who fits into that mould.

"That makes me even more proud: we represent him every time we play, his ideas and the way we play. That was his philosophy and we stuck to it. I'm proud to be a Welshman.

"Don't forget we won four games out of five [in 2011] against good teams like Switzerland and we did it in the right manner. The only game we lost was against England and we didn't deserve that: we were outstanding that day."

Bellamy was keen to further commend his current teammates, though he was also eager to give their opposition some recognition as he spoke fondly of the current Scotland manager, and one of his former bosses, Gordon Strachan.

"I'm proud of our players, I don't care what people say about Scotland: okay, they don't have a [Kenny] Dalglish or a [Graeme] Souness but they're still a good side," he continued.

"I know Gordon Strachan - I was very fortunate to play under him - and he's tough. We came up against a good team."