Tosh welcomes Bellamy return
Wales boss happy to have Bellamy back
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: May 29, 2008 10:36am
Toshack: Taking the positives
John Toshack was delighted to welcome back Craig Bellamy for Wales' 1-0 victory over Iceland.
Manchester City youngster Ched Evans scored the crucial goal in Reykjavik but Toshack was just as pleased to see Bellamy back in a Wales shirt for the first time since last October.
The West Ham striker has been plagued by injuries in recent months but he earned his 50th international cap as he came on for the final 28 minutes.
Toshack said: "That's six games unbeaten and we have used another batch of youngsters. Ched did very well but I was so pleased to see Craig back on the pitch.
"He has been a very unlucky boy with injuries and we have certainly missed his Premier League quality.
"I just hope he now has one more game in him and then goes away for a nice summer break, hopefully to return to pre-season training at West Ham raring to go. We need him as much as they do."
Jack Collison and Sam Vokes made their debuts in a youthful side and Toshack was thrilled with the performance of his team, but he did single Evans out for special praise for the decisive contribution he made to the game.
"He has a natural scoring talent and he took his chance really well. He can be very pleased with himself," said Toshack.
"But he is just one of several youngsters who produced good performances here.
"Collison and Vokes also made their debuts, and we had several of the Under-21 side out on the pitch in the end.
"But Ched stole the show. He has just signed a new contract at Manchester City and it is pleasing that they are showing confidence in him.
"He has plenty to learn yet, but I am just happy that he is being given his chance at City. Maybe he will go out on loan again next season - he did very well at Norwich last term - but City are clearly going to give him his chance to prove what he can do."
Carl Fletcher was forced off with an ankle injury in the first half and Toshack has confirmed the midfielder will not travel to Holland.
The Crystal Palace midfielder looks set to be sidelined for around two months meaning he could miss the first part of pre-season.
Toshack said: "He was very unfortunate. We will have to fly him home and he will obviously miss the game on Sunday.
"He will be out of action for maybe two months, which is very unlucky for him because he deserved his chance as captain."