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Chris Coleman admitted that he has spent a fair part of this week trying to lift his players after the heartbreak of their late loss to Liverpool.

The Whites more than matched Gerard Houllier’s side for much of an engrossing encounter – only to be beaten by Danny Murphy’s injury-time penalty. Coleman felt there were plenty of positives to take from that game as well as their stunning 3-1 success at Manchester United last month.

“It’s disappointing, I felt 1-1 would have been a fair result and it looked like we were going to get a point. But it was a stone-cold penalty. Zat is a good player and will learn quickly and will get better with experience. And the sending-off – it was an horrendous challenge by Luis. I’ll back up my players any time but I was glad to see their player get up because it could have been a lot more serious.

It’s a hard division – every game is hard but we’ve got to keep our chins up. We’ve got 18 points from 11 games and I’d have taken that at the start of the season – but we’ve got to march on. There’s been a lot of work to do on the training ground for Charlton.”