Brian Flynn declared he is still the man to lead Wales despite seeing his side crash to a heavy defeat in Basle last night. It was the second defeat of Flynn's short stint as caretaker manager and though the scoreline flattered the Swiss it still left Wales without a point after three games of a dismal Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
When asked if he wanted to continue in the job, the former Wrexham and Swansea manager said: "Perversely I would like it even more. Having worked with them for the last 10 days, it has been a joy. They have done their very best and I feel I can still get more out of them. There is more to come and I am the man for the job. I have no doubt about my credentials."
Gareth Bale was a constant threat to the Swiss and cancelled out an early Valentin Stocker goal after 13 minutes but the hosts reclaimed the lead when Marco Streller volleyed home.
Wales had the first chance of the second half as Darcy Blake crossed for Andy King but the Leicester striker headed over. Blake endured some difficult moments on his debut and was caught out as Stocker raced into the box to meet a cross with a bullet header, which drew a brilliant save from Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey. Switzerland clearly recognised Bale as the Wales dangerman and both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Tranquillo Barnetta were booked for crude challenges on the wide man.
Wales survived a scare after 62 minutes when Hennessey miskicked a clearance straight to Streller on the edge of the box. His shot bobbled across goal and past the post. The match was settled eight minutes from time when referee Alain Hamer harshly penalised James Collins for a trip on Barnetta and pointed to the spot. Gökhan Inler made no mistake and it got worse for Wales as Stocker turned home an Eren Derdiyok cross with 89 minutes played.
Switzerland (4-4-2): Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Ziegler, Von Bergen, Grichting; Schwegler, Barnetta, Inler, Stocker; Frel, Streller. Substitutes used Wolfli for Benaglio, 8; Derdiyok for Frei, 78.
Wales (4-4-2): Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wolves); Blake (Cardiff City), J Collins (Aston Villa), Williams (Swansea City), D Collins (Stoke City); Crofts (Norwich City), Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Vaughan (Blackpool), Bale (Tottenham Hotspur); King (Leicester City), Church (Reading). Substitutes used Ribeiro (Bristol City) for Blake, 54; Morison (Millwall) for Edwards, 77; MacDonald (Yeovil Town) for Vaughan, 88.
Referee A Hamer (Luxembourg).Reuse content