|The squad flew
out on Sunday night in determined mood for
Saturdays Euro 2000 qualifier with Italy in
Gary Speed knows we cannot afford any more
disasters. We face Italy on Saturday and Denmark
at Anfield four days later, a couple of bad
results and we're struggling to qualify again.
Gary Speed remains
confident about qualification and thinks it is a
real possibility this time. Paul Jones agrees and
says that spirits are high and finds reasons to
be cheerful for Saturday's big test.
Gary Speed said:"
the past, we've let ourselves down"
got to make sure we don't let it happen this
glimmer of hope, but we've got to make sure we
grasp the opportunity and don't let it slip
through our fingers again."
"If we get a
couple of bad results we're struggling to qualify
again and it's another competition gone down the
disappointing thing about our result in
Switzerland was that if we'd played anything like
we know we can, we'd have won"
"With all due
respect to Switzerland, they weren't the best
team we've played, though they were better than
us on the night."
"We've got to
pick ourselves up for these next two games. If we
go to Italy and get something, that will push the
confidence right up going into the Denmark
mean everything to qualify. We haven't qualified
for anything since 1958."
experienced in the past that the support is there
for the country if we're doing well, and we've
just got to hope we can do it."
light at the end of the tunnel"
going through a bad patch for a couple of years
and didn't seem to be getting anywhere."
"But we had a
couple of good results in Denmark and against
Belarus, and we're more optimistic now than we've
been for a couple of years."
Paul Jones said:"
the Italians are a class outfit but, if we can
defend properly and make life difficult, we might
be able to sneak something at the other end"
"The mood in
the squad should be buoyant because, apart from
Mark Hughes and me, who ended the season on a
high with Southampton, there are the Fulham lads
who won the Second Division. And Ryan Giggs will
be flying after completing the treble with
May 31 1999.