Wales 1-2 Australia: Daily Mirror match report
Published 22:07 10/08/11 By James Nursey
Gary Speed blasted his side after suffering a fourth defeat in five games as Australia out-classed Gareth Bale and co in Cardiff.
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill put the Aussies ahead before the break with a sweet volley and sub Robbie Kluse doubled the lead after the interval.
The hosts looked decidedly second best despite including Spurs' superstar Bale, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy in their starting line-up.
The Welsh were fortunate to only lose 2-1 in the friendly after Australia also hit the post twice at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Wales sub Darcy Blake pulled a goal back late on to give the small crowd something to cheer.
But it was another reverse for boss Speed, whose new charges also lost to the Republic of Ireland, England and Scotland since he succeeded John Toshack in December.
Speed admitted: "It has given everyone a kick up the backside.
"I learnt we hadn't progressed as much as I thought we had which was disappointing.
"You can't give two-goal leads away to teams like that.
"The first half we didn't move the ball around quickly enough and were sloppy all round.
"They didn't do themselves justice first half because we are better than that.
"There are a lot of negatives there and it is something we have to look at. We have to create more chances."
The visitors rattled the post when full-back Luke Wilkshire lashed against the woodwork from distance.
Australia deservedly took the lead a minute before the break when Cahill rifled in from six yards with his right-foot shot from Wilkshire's cross.
The men from Down Under continued to look the better team after the break as they hit the woodwork again through Carl Valeri.
Sub Kruse then made it 2-0 with a side-foot finish after an excellent move saw Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald tee him up in the 60th minute.
Cardiff defender Darcy Blake's header for his first international goal halved the arrears eight minutes from time but Australia deserved to win.
Wales skipper Aaron Ramsey was subbed injured at the break but Speed played down the seriousness of it afterwards.
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Gabbidon, Williams, Taylor, Bellamy, Vaughan, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley, Earnshaw. Australia: Schwarzer, Wilkshire, Neill, Spiranovic, McKay, Zullo, Kilkenny, Cahill, Emerton, Valeri, McDonald.