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Wales reflect on woeful defeat against Serbia

Chris Coleman admits his side's performance was "unacceptable" Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Following his side's 6-1 defeat against Serbia in Novi Sad last night Chris Coleman described the performance as "unacceptable".

At a press conference following the match, which was littered with defensive errors, Coleman admitted he was shocked and lost for words to describe his side's 90 minute performance.

Obviously I did not see it coming.

We knew it would be difficult coming here but on the back of Friday's performance against Belgium we thought we could get something, but we can't accept that level of performance.

To say it is disappointing is an understatement. We have to do much better than that and we are capable of doing much better.

At times it was men against boys, the goals we conceded were criminal really and the individual errors were disappointing.

To lose 6-1 is an absolute hammering and we can't ignore that, the manner of the performance was particularly disappointing.

At this level you cannot gift teams goals, you have to at least be hard to beat and play with a bit of pride and we didn't do that. We caved in."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

This was Wales' heaviest defeat since 1930 and sitting at the bottom of their group Chris Coleman's men now have a mountain to climb if they are to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After going two goals down Gareth Bale brought his side back into the match with a stunning free-kick.

But the hope of securing their first victory under new manager Coleman was short lived.

Just before the whistle blew for half time an awful defensive header by Darcy Blake allowed Serbia to extend their lead once again.

Wales' dismal performance continued into the second half as the wheels totally fell off Wales' defence to allow Serbia another 3 goals and a well deserved victory.

Just five games into his reign as Wales manager, last night's performance means Coleman has already come in for heavy criticism but at last night's press conference he said he was prepared to deal with it.

When you lose 6-1 and the team performs like that you have to take responsibility.

I don't worry about any pressure or negativity aimed at me, I have seen it all before.

This is the first time being an international manager when I have been taught a lesson and that hurts more than anything else. We have let people down but thankfully there is another one coming up.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Wales' next fixtures in Group A come next month with a home tie against Scotland followed by a trip to Croatia.

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