Sloppy India lose to England

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 10:13:33


BHUBANESWAR,

Dec 2,

(PTI),

SLOPPY defending cost India dearly as Sam Ward scored a brace for England to hand the home team a heart-breaking 2-3 defeat in a hard-fought Pool B match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, here on Saturday. Ward (43rd, 57th minutes) struck two field goals for England after David Goodfield gave them the lead in the 25th minute. India’s both goals came from penalty corner conversions by Akashdeep Singh (47th) and Rupinderpal Singh (50th). It was a dull first quarter as both the teams failed to create any real scoring opportunities despite playing fast, aggressive hockey.

The Indians were nowhere near to the level that they displayed in their first match against Australia.If the Indians looked orgainsed and controlled against the Kookaburras yesterday, it was completely the opposite, at least in the first quarter, today.While SV Sunil was guilty of holding on to the ball for too long on more than one occasion, Mandeep Singh’s ball trap and waiting was found wanting inside the circle.

England, on the other hand, were happy to sit back and defend and put pressure on the Indian defence when the opportunity came. The first real scoring chance of the match came in the 25th minute when England secured their first penalty corner but the Indians defended well.