Harpal Singh Bedi
Bhubaneswar: Indian hockey Chief Coach Graham Reid on Saturday advised his boys to play all four quarters with that same intensity,
“I like how we finished the game and the team’s self-belief coming to the fore. It’s never easy to bounce back from a situation that we were in against New Zealand but it shows the team’s fighting spirit. But it’s important we play all four quarters with that same intensity, “Reid said .
India overcame New Zealand 4-3 in a thrilling opening match in the FIH Hockey Pro League last evening will next face stiff competition from Spain here on Sunday
In Friday’s season opener, India rallied back from a 1-3 setback in the third quarter with three crucial goals being scored by Harmanpreet (42′) and Mandeep Singh (52′ and 57′). Mandeep Mor had scored India’s first goal in the 14th minute after which New Zealand struck thrice through Sam Lane (23′ and 36′), Jake Smith (36′).
In the previous season, India beat Spain 5-4 in the first match and lost to them 3-5 in the second encounter of the double header.
Talking about Spain’s potential, Graham said, “Spain is a strong side and has the ability to bounce back from any situation. It’s important for us to keep up the tempo up in all quarters and not drop the momentum at any point in the match.”
Talking about facing India as an opponent, Max Caldas, Head Coach of Spain said, “India is a very good side, they have done well in the recent past including a medal at the Olympic Games. They display good skill and speed. Having said that, we are a motivated side and excited to be here to play these matches.”
“We have prepared well and our focus will be the processes we have in place and executing them well. Every match in the Pro League is important for us,” Caldas added.