Players are behind the boss, says Wales' Church

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WALES players are firmly behind manager Chris Coleman, according to Reading striker Simon Church.

Wales endured their third worst defeat in 83-years on Tuesday night as Serbia crushed them 6-1 in a humbling and humiliating World Cup qualification match that leaves Wales pointless in Group A.

This was the worst possible reaction to Friday’s 2-0 reverse at home to Belgium and boss Coleman is receiving plenty of stick from Welsh supporters up and down the country.

However, Church is keen to point out that the players are behind Coleman.

“It’s a hard transition. Everyone knows what has happened (the death of previous boss Gary Speed). It’s tough for everyone. But the players are 100 per cent behind Chris Coleman and the staff and what they have done since they have come in,” he said.

“We’re all positive. Today just wasn’t our day. It didn’t click.

“The fans need to stick with us. We have the belief in the dressing room and we need everyone to believe. It’s a setback. We thank every single one of them for coming over. It was great support.

“The result has happened and we can’t do anything about it. Everyone is devastated and gutted. The dressing room has been quiet. No one has said anything.”

Church insists Wales can still make some noise in Group A and can even still make it to the 2014 World Cup.

“We have to forget about it and look to next month,” he said.

“We just didn’t get going. We conceded some sloppy goals.

“Serbia are a good side, but we have to let it go and get ourselves back on track.

“I can’t put my finger on what went wrong. There was a lot of things which went wrong. We didn’t have the same spark as Friday.

“That has to be there to win games in this competition. We have to keep positive and get ready for next month.

“Of course we can still qualify. That’s our belief. It’s only two games and a few of the other results have gone our way.

“We’re still in with a chance. We have to get ourselves ready and get a result against Scotland in the next game.”

Church is aware of how poor the performance was and insists Coleman let them know too.

“That performance is not good enough. We all know that. Everyone can see it. In the last couple of games we haven’t shown any hints of that sort of performance. It’s a one-off,” he said.

“The manager is angry, but so are the players. Everyone is frustrated. No one can be happy with that. We have to bounce back from this.”

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