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Wales building on Speed's foundations - Cotterill

7:47 PM GMT+4 16/10/2014
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Two wins from their last three games means Chris Coleman's side now top the Euro 2016 Group B table as they look to qualify for their first major tournament since 1976

Wales are reaping the benefits of the good work put in by former manager Gary Speed, according to winger David Cotterill. 

Speed led the national team for just under a year before his death in 2011, winning five of the 10 games he took charge of.

Chris Coleman was tasked with taking over from his former international colleague and, after failing to reach the World Cup in Brazil, Wales have made a strong start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

A creditable 0-0 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina was sandwiched by wins over Andorra and Cyprus, to leave Coleman's side top of Group B on seven points.

Cotterill, who scored the opening goal in the 2-1 victory over Cyprus on Monday, believes a lot of the team's progress can be attributed to Speed.

"He started all this off, the togetherness," he told BBC Wales. "Every time we've come away the last few camps everyone seems together and it definitely changed when Gary Speed took over.

"Chris Coleman's taken that on board as well and things are improving. Everyone here is working extremely hard for each other and we're all together."
 

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