The Indian crew’s chief hockey coach Graham Reid, although completely satisfied along with his boys overcoming Olympic champions Argentina 4-Three within the opening observe match, was crucial of the guests permitting the house crew to claw again into the sport.
“We allowed Argentina to come back into the game particularly in the third quarter where they scored twice. When you play a strong team like them, we need to be consistent in all the quarters,” stated Reid forward of the second match on Wednesday.
India will play a complete of six matches in opposition to Argentina — 4 observe and two back-to-back FIH Pro League ties on April 11 and 12 — and defender Harmanpreet Singh has termed it as the very best for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Good win but there’s scope to be more consistent,” stated Reid after the match late on Tuesday.
Drag-flickers Harmanpreet Singh (28th minute), Rupinder Pal Singh (33rd) and Varun Kumar (47th) transformed the penalty corners, whereas Nilakanta Sharma (16th) opened the account.
“It was a good practice match, intensely fought by both teams. It is always nice to come up with a win against a team like Olympic champions Argentina as it amplifies our confidence levels,” stated Reid of the Manpreet Singh-led crew.
“We were able to create opportunities in the circle and also convert them. This was one of the areas we really put our minds to in the national camp back in SAI, Bengaluru.”
But had it not been for veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh’s efforts, particularly within the first quarter, issues may have change into powerful for India.
Argentina made a powerful comeback within the third quarter, scoring two objectives, via Leandro Tolini (32nd) and Maico Casella (42nd), and Reid stated that powerful video games like these carry out the most effective in a participant.
“Each match we play is a learning experience and I feel we have scope to do better. We look forward to good matches. These matches will help us when we take on the home team in the double header Pro League matches,” stated Reid.
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