Collins questions tactics
James Collins has questioned John Toshack's tactics in the 2-0 defeat to Finland.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 30/03/09 2:44pm
Wales defender James Collins has questioned manager John Toshack's tactics in the 2-0 defeat to Finland at the Millennium Stadium.
The Welsh went into the must-win clash with six points from four games and knew that they would have to make the most of their home fixtures if they were to claim second spot behind runaway leaders Germany.
With this in mind Toshack decided to play Craig Bellamy up front on his own, a decision which came back to haunt the former Real Madrid boss.
Wales mustered just two shots on target all game as Bellamy found himself starved of support and service as striker Ched Evans kicked his heels on the bench.
The manager's tactics have reportedly not gone down too well with the squad's senior players as the West Ham centre-back highlights.
"It's the manager's preference," he told Western Mail.
"If he wants to play one up front, he'll play one up front and the boys will do their best to do it.
"But in a game we had to win we needed to create and personally I think two up front maybe would have been better.
"Bellers (Bellamy) has worked his socks off. I played with him for a year at West Ham and I don't think I've met a striker who works as hard.
"We did our best to knock it around. But you can have all the possession in the world, football's about scoring goals.
"It comes to a point where you've got to play those high balls in there sometimes.
"You've got to have an end product and we didn't have it. It was a game we had to win but we had one shot on goal.
"It was tough for Craig. He was making fantastic runs, but he didn't have a chance against their two at the back.
"I think I was the only one who had a header and that's disappointing in a game we needed to win.
"If it's going to take a change of approach I think we've got to look at it."
Meanwhile Toshack was quick to defend his tactics for the clash after he declared that they were not the reason they lost the game.
"They (Finland) only played with one striker so it doesn't make a difference," he pointed out.
"It's difficult with this side because we have to strike a balance. We have midfield players capable of scoring goals and full-backs who can push on.
"We do what we think is in the best interests of everybody."