Wales striker Craig Bellamy bids farewell to home fans with win
Last Updated: October 11, 2013 10:58pm
Craig Bellamy: Said goodbye to Wales fans with win
Wales striker Craig Bellamy was proud his last home game for his country ended in a 1-0 win over Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium.
The 34-year-old, who retires after Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier in Belgium, created the winning goal for Simon Church and even passed up the chance to take a late penalty.
"It was a good win," Bellamy told Sky Sports. "The penalty at the end would have been nice but 'Rambo' takes all the penalties and in the long run I'm sure he'll score plenty more.
"I know football can have a cruel ending so I'm delighted to have won. I'm also happy I didn't get booked, I was wary of the referee because he wasn't the greatest in the world.
Bellamy bids farewell to home support
"It's a great honour to play for your country and to do it 77 times, it's just the greatest thing."
Captain Aaron Ramsey missed the spot-kick that would have sealed the points having offered the responsibility to Bellamy, and said afterwards: "He (Bellamy) said, 'You take it, you're the captain of the team. I wish I did give it to him now.
"We haven't won in a while and it was always going to be difficult going into the last 10 minutes 1-0 up with them trying to get an equaliser.
"I think it was natural for us to be a bit nervous but I think we deserved the win in the end."