The Indian males’s hockey crew may need gained its FIH Professional League double-header in opposition to England however head coach Graham Reid just isn’t utterly happy with its efficiency, particularly the tendency of permitting opponent to return again into the sport.
India pulled off wins in each the video games in opposition to England, profitable the primary one within the shootout after being locked 3-3 within the regulation time earlier than registering a 4-3 victory within the second on Sunday.
With the dual wins, India climbed to the highest of the Professional League desk, with 21 factors in 10 video games thus far.
“We appear to have a behavior of not ending these video games when now we have management of them. We let the opposite crew get again into it. However I suppose that is hockey these days. Within the third quarter, we misplaced management a bit and we have to look into that,” Reid stated.
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“The corners went in tonight and we had alternatives to attempt some variations. It was a extremely good combat with them and our boys confirmed an excellent coronary heart and good spirits. Video games like these assist in constructing characters. And it is all the time good to return out on high,” the coach added.
India subsequent performs in opposition to Germany on the similar Kalinga Stadium in one other two-legged tie on April 14 and 15.
“It is good to win and attain high of the desk, however now now we have to organize for Germany, who’re additionally a really robust crew. They are going to all the time carry a aggressive crew. They’re a fantastic hockey nation. So, we are able to look ahead to some good video games arising in two weeks,” Reid stated.
Harmanpreet, who scored a hat-trick within the second match, stated he was blissful to have helped within the crew’s profitable trigger.
“My purpose has all the time been to attain targets for the good thing about the crew. Even when I rating one or two targets, or do not rating any, I all the time look to assist the crew in any which manner I can. All my targets are memorable for me and are my favorite ones – as a result of I scored them for India,” Harmanpreet stated.
“England are an excellent crew, they didn’t surrender until the final minute. However we additionally carried out properly to maintain our calm.
“Additionally it is a studying lesson for us that we have to preserve our lead and the strain within the match in order that we are able to play freely within the closing two quarters,” he added.
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Captain Amit Rohidas stated that the 4-3 win over England on Sunday has given the gamers an excessive amount of confidence.
“Now we have gained loads of confidence. All people within the crew is making their contribution and we’re exhibiting a fantastic crew effort,” Rohidas stated.
“I’m having fun with main the crew and it has been a fantastic studying expertise for me. However, greater than that, everybody within the crew desires to play for the good thing about the crew, and that has been a extremely good factor to see prior to now few video games.”