Swansea boss Rodgers: Speed news was bombshell

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers admits his dressing room was shocked by the death of Gary Speed ahead of their draw with Aston Villa.

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers admits his dressing room was shocked by the death of Gary Speed ahead of their draw with Aston Villa.

There were four members of the Wales national squad involved in the fixture as Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen and James Collins started for their respective clubs.

And Villa keeper Shay Given, who had played with Speed at Newcastle, was in tears prior to kick-off.

Rodgers believes the game has lost a "legend".

He said: "It was such a bombshell. (Villa manager) Alex (McLeish) spoke to his players and I spoke to mine and it was so close that we decided from our end that we wanted to play as a mark of respect for Gary because he was a great man of football.

"We spoke a lot because of our respective jobs and he was a true football legend.

"It is just so sad. He had been doing a fantastic job for Wales, and it's a sad day for football.

"Both sets of fans were brilliant, and it's perhaps fitting that it ended in a draw."

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