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Beating Pakistan is not enough, says angry Oltmans after Canada defeat

Coach Roelant Oltmans was disappointed after India lost 3-2 versus Canada to finish sixth in the Hockey World League Semi-Final.

other sports Updated: Jun 26, 2017 16:32 IST
Soumitra Bose
Roelant Oltmans is disappointed with how India ended their Hockey World League Semi-Final campaign.
Roelant Oltmans is disappointed with how India ended their Hockey World League Semi-Final campaign. (Getty Images)

The 3-2 defeat against Canada will teach us some hard lessons, said India’s Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans. A wasteful India converted just two of their 10 penalty corners on Sunday and missed several gilt-edged opportunities against Canada to finish sixth in the eight-team Hockey World League semi-final here.

“Certainly didn’t want to finish sixth here. After beating Pakistan 6-1 yesterday, this result is disappointing. Our boys have to understand that beating Pakistan is not enough,” said a livid Oltmans in a post-match chat, adding, “Canada were determined today while our boys didn’t have the attitude to win”.

India won four of their seven matches here. Two of their four wins came against a disjointed Pakistan team, one against Scotland and one against Canada (group match). India lost to The Netherlands (group match) and Malaysia in the quarterfinals. Oltmans said India’s performance was below par.

“We had 20 shots on goal today and converted twice. We can talk about statistics for hours but until we can beat the big teams like Holland and Malaysia, we will go nowhere ... Pakistan is not a yardstick,” Oltmans said.

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Oltmans said India hope to arrive at their “best 18” after August. Oltmans wants to see India’s best team at the Asia Cup in October in Dhaka.

“This tournament was not a do-or-die for India. The do-or-die will be in October and December (Hockey World League final in Odisha). We have enough homework given by our opponents. If we create a lot but can’t score then at least the defence should stay well organised. We should never have lost this game against Canada today,” said Oltmans.

PAK PLAN FOR FUTURE

Sunday’s 3-1 win against China brought the smiles back in the Pakistan camp. The seventh finish in London keeps Pakistan in the hunt and coach Khawaja Junaid is backing his young team to get better over the next few months.

“These boys will get better. It was good to see Umar Bhutta among the goals and once we get a couple of seniors back, Pakistan can only improve,” he told HT.

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Pakistan’s next big assignment will be the Asia Cup but Junaid said a series of exposure matches against top teams are being planned.

“We have requested England and Holland to play some Test matches against us and these tough matches will give us experience on how to play the pressure games. This time we played a lot of soft hockey,” said Junaid.