Junior Hockey World Championship: Indian coach Reid blames bad foundations for the defeat

The head coach of the Indian men’s hockey team, Graham Reid, blamed the poor basic skills of his players and missed opportunities for the shocking defeat of Team 4-5 by France in the first match of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Championships in Kalinga. Stadium here on Wednesday.

Reid, who leads the junior team in the capacity of high-performance director, said that his team created enough opportunities, but he could not use them. He said India had paid the price of allowing France to lose balls deep in their own half, which the French players put in the goal.

“It’s very difficult to give the team five goals and expect a win. I thought we created enough chances. We made very basic mistakes, capturing, we missed some overhead, we hit the post 2-3 times, one shot went over the goal “Reid said after the match.

“We have to put more pressure on the ball, we didn’t do it. Besides, congratulations to France, they played hard and wanted to win today. And our guys were thrilled and did what we could. But unfortunately, things didn’t go our way. tonight, “he added.

On the lack of coordination among his players in the first match, Reid said it was difficult to have coordination when the players were fundamentally wrong.

“It is difficult to achieve coordination if the basics are not in order. At the back we gave them too many easy balls deep in our territory. We gave a few such opportunities today and the French scored everything. I’m not sure how many shots they had, but almost all were on goal, ”Reid said.

Reid said that the preparations of his team suffered problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this was also the case with other teams and in the last year there was no competition for players of this age group.

“All the teams suffered from that gap in 2020 when we didn’t have enough competition with this group when we didn’t have international competitions because of the COVID pandemic. Probably Europe was more open, but we can’t use that as an excuse,” he said.

The Indian coach of the Indian team has rejected the view that his players cannot play their usual game because they simulated other teams in matches against the senior team during its preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. The players managed to play their usual game and could have won the game without making a mistake in the basics and not missing 2-3 chances.

On the upcoming matches, Reid said that he will have to create more pressure on the ball and not allow his opponents so many easy opportunities.

–IANS

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