Date: 27th November 2011 at 9:44pm
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Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers pays tribute to Gary Speed, who died today.

The home game against Aston Villa still went ahead today, which ended in a 0-0 draw, despite the news coming through that Speed had committed suicide earlier in the morning.

Rodgers said the game went ahead as planned as a mark of respect to Gary Speed:

‘We decided to play the game as a mark of respect for Gary, because he was a football man,’

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

‘I thought the player’s performance level was fantastic and Ashley Williams was phenomenal,’

‘I think you could see that it had affected Joe because he is very much a thinker, but overall I’ve got nothing but praise for my players.’

There was a minute’s applause held as a mark of respect for Speed, which fittingly turned into a chorus of applause as both sets of supporters acknowledged that football had lost a great man.

‘It’s 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 the game ended in a draw.’