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Hockey

Nobbs hoping for a better show against England
PTI
Ipoh, May 27, 2012
First Published: 00:26 IST(27/5/2012)
Last Updated: 00:27 IST(27/5/2012)

India coach Michael Nobbs said his team will take inspiration form the victory over South Korea to put up an improved show in Sunday’s Azlan Shah Cup match against fancied Great Britain, who were held to a draw by a late Malaysian resurgence.

“Even though we got the winning goal in the last minute of play, it was a character performance and we deserved the victory,” said Nobbs, relieved that the tide had turned after the disastrous opening outing against New Zealand.

Five-time champions India suffered a crushing 1-5 loss to New Zealand, but were revived by the 2-1 win over South Korea, Asia's highest-ranked team.

Nobbs expressed disappointment that errors continue to creep into the Indian game, often when they are under pressure. “We all need a victory to keep going and it was a satisfactory performance, but a few errors still crept in after a fine show in the first half of the match,” he said.

Nobbs said there were aspects the team was still working on, but the discipline in game’s structure against South Korea showed an improvement.

“It takes time to learn a style of play that we've only just started to use," Nobbs said as India braced for the encounter with Great Britain.


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