Joe Allen says the players are to blame for Wales' 6-1 defeat by Serbia

Joe Allen: Wales midfielder says the players are to blame for the 6-1 defeat by Serbia

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Joe Allen is adamant that it is the players, and not coach Chris Coleman, who are 'letting everybody down' following Wales' 6-1 thrashing by Serbia.

Wales followed up an opening World Cup qualifying defeat at home by Belgium by delivering an abject performance against Serbia in Novi Sad.

Coleman has endured a difficult start to his tenure since taking over after the death of Gary Speed and is likely to be under the spotlight when Scotland visit Cardiff next month.

But Liverpool midfielder Allen believes it is the players who have to take the brunt of the criticism for the performance in Serbia.

He said: "To be fair to the manager he has done everything he can to prepare us and send us out on to the field.

"I can say that on behalf of all of us - me included - it just wasn't good enough and we were to blame."

Joe Allen

"It's us as players who are letting everybody down at the moment.

"I can say that on behalf of all of us - me included - it just wasn't good enough and we were to blame."

Allen admitted that the Wales dressing room had been a very gloomy place to be after the game and described it as one of the lowest points of his career.

"It was one of the most disappointing situations I've ever experienced," he said. "As professional footballers we have to go back to work and the next time we pull on the shirt we have to make sure we're better

"It's difficult to put into words. It was a huge shock and disappointment, we deserved everything we got, everything that could go wrong went wrong.

"It's difficult to put your finger on exactly what's going wrong at the moment but we need to turn it around."