Gabbidon: We missed Bellamy
Wales' stand-in skipper Danny Gabbidon says the absence of Craig Bellamy against Germany affected the whole team.
Last Updated: 09/09/07 5:30pm
Wales' stand-in skipper Danny Gabbidon has spoken of his support for Craig Bellamy after the striker was forced to miss the game with Germany for fears over his daughter's health.
The whole team have been keen to stress their support for Bellamy who also missed the final two days of training.
Late changes were made to the squad in Wales' subsequent defeat to Germany as the players certainly noticed the absence of one of their key players.
"Obviously Craig is one of our better players and he is the captain so we are bound to miss him," said Gabbidon.
"We would have loved to have him on the pitch because he is a hard player to handle.
"When he pulled out it was a blow but you've just got to get on with that sort of thing, but it definitely went against us.
"His little daughter is ill and that put everything into perspective.
"It is understandable why he did not want to play and the main thing is that his daughter is better soon."
Qualification was already out of the question for Wales but being forced into making last minute positional and personnel changes against the Germans did not help their cause.
Not using those factors as an excuse for the defeat, Gabbidon admitted it was silly mistakes that contributed towards Germany's two goals.
"It is a learning curve for all the younger players in the team and they have learned that making mistakes against top strikers means you will be punished," added Gabbidon.
"You cannot get away with things at international level so it's another lesson for us and we will have to learn from our mistakes for the next game on Wednesday.
"Concentration-wise it was not the best and we got what we deserved from the game. If you do not concentrate for 90 minutes you will be punished and that is what happened.
"But it is very hard when you have a lot of young players and you come up against a top side like Germany.
"Hopefully everyone will have learned something from the game."