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Emotional Coleman admits night 'tough'

AN emotional Chris Coleman admitted it had been "an incredibly tough night" after watching his Wales side lose 1-0 to Costa Rica in an understandably subdued Gary Speed Memorial Match at Cardiff City Stadium.

Prior to kick-off, there were performances from several Welsh artists, while Speed's sons Ed and Tom led the side out with stand-in captain Craig Bellamy.

At one end of the ground, cards were held aloft to reveal 'Gary' on the background of a Welsh flag as the anthem was played, with a solemn Bellamy arm in arm with his late friend's sons, while a minute's applause was also held in honour of Speed, who died in November and two standing ovations took place during the game.


Coleman said: "It was difficult. It has been an incredibly tough night, it really was for the players.

"I feel selfish for saying that as tonight was for Speed's family, his wife, his mam, his dad and his boys."