Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham Reid

first_img Next Press Trust of India BhubaneshwarMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 16:19 IST India were beaten in both their games against Australia on their tour (@TheHockeyIndia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost to Australia 4-0 and 5-2 on their tour Down UnderIndia had beaten Australia A 3-0 and held them to a 1-1 draw in the series The Australian tour was Graham Reid’s first major assignment as coachIndia need to consistently score goals under tight marking to narrow the gap with top teams like Australia, said coach Graham Reid after his first major assignment with the national hockey team.On their tour of Australia that concluded on Friday, India lost both the games against the hosts after beating the A team.Speaking about the tour comprising five matches, Reid, who was appointed as India coach last month, said that the assignment in his home country was an opportunity for him to understand his team better.”It was good to get a view of where the team (India are raked five) is at, compared to the World Number 2 side (Australia). They have been playing against world-class oppositions on a regular basis in the FIH Pro-League since the World Cup last year, and this showed up in our two matches against them,” he said.”For me, those matches provided a good benchmark as to the level we have to be at as we move towards the Olympic qualification. So, in terms of preparation for our upcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals (here next month), the tour was ideal.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team comes home to a rousing welcome from their Australian Tour 2019 on 19th May. The team will kickstart preparations for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 shortly.#IndiaKaGame India (@TheHockeyIndia) May 19, 2019″It provided me a great opportunity to view players at much closer quarters and under the pressure of a world-class team. Our first quarter in the first Match on Wednesday night showed me the level this team can play, we just need to do that on a more consistent basis. Not only across quarters but across games,” said Reid.advertisementThe 55-year-old Australian said that his team was focused on improving its attack.”Our ability to score goals under tight marking pressure will be critical if we are to close the gap with teams like Australia. Over the next few weeks in Bhubaneswar during our National Camp (starting Monday), we need to create as many opportunities as possible for our attackers to experience this tight pressure,” he said.”It will also be critical for our defenders to keep improving this area from a defensive point of view. With speed and power becoming the dominant forces in World Hockey, we also need to keep improving in these areas.”Hockey India on Sunday named a list of 32 players for the national camp. It has retained all the 18 players of the team that travelled to Australia. India won against WA Thundersticks and Australia ‘A’, drew another one against Australia ‘A’ before losing the two matches to the senior Australia team.Also Read | India end Australia tour with loss in the final matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Hockey teamFollow Graham ReidFollow India vs Australia Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidIndia lost both the matches against Australia on their tour Down Under after performing well against Australia A and WA Thundersticks. advertisementlast_img read more

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