Silly errors cost India full points, says coach Nobbs
India coach Micheal Nobbs said "silly errors" in the second half of the match cost his side full three points against Japan at the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Sunday.india Updated: Sep 05, 2011 00:28 IST
India coach Micheal Nobbs said "silly errors" in the second half of the match cost his side full three points against Japan at the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Sunday.
After the impressive 5-0 win over China Saturday, India conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 with Japan in their second match of the tournament.
"They (Japan) were playing well in the second half. But we made some silly errors in the end and we paid for it," a visibly disappointed Nobbs said after the match.
The Australian also rued Indian players poor fitness levels, saying the Japanese were by far the fitter side on the ground.
"We have to be fit to be able to play against much stronger sides," he said.
"It's not that we didn't play well. We could have won the match easily if those chances had gone in. But I don't want to delve on lost chances. In the last few minutes, Japan pressed hard and fitness let us down," Nobbs added.
Full back Rupinder Pal Singh was shown the yellow card around the 50th minute mark, which reduced India to 10 men and Nobbs said it was a turning point in the match.
Against Japan, India also wasted their first two penalty corners as Ravi Pal failed to stop the push and it proved expensive in the end.
Women lose to Korea
The women's team failed to emulate their male counterparts and started their Asian Champions Trophy campaign on a disappointing note, losing 1-4 to formidable Korea.
Contrary to the scoreline, it was the Indian eves who started brightly and dominated the first 15 minutes of the exchange.
However, after the initial burst the Indian lost gas and the Koreans were quick to seize the opportunity and opened the scoring in the 19th minute through Jong Eun Kim.
The Koreans pumped in three more goals in the second half through Mi Hyun Park (37th), Seul Ki Cheon (55th and 69th), while India managed to reduce the margin through Joydeep Kaur, who converted their fifth penalty corner. If not for the defensive trio of Mukta Barla, Jaspreet Kaur and Joydeep Kaur, the margin of defeat could have been bigger for India.