Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Despite opposition from few BJP leaders, Govt wants ULB polls on time | After Cong, Omar also backs Govt on Canada issue | Swaminathan’s groundbreaking work transformed lives of millions: PM Modi | Govt working on policy to make National Highways pothole free by year-end: Gadkari | Amit Shah to visit Bhopal on Sunday | Northern Army Commander visits forward areas along Siachen, Ladakh | Chandrayaan-3 Rover has done its job: ISRO Chief | India gives 42 out of 90 medicines for Cancer at cheapest rates: Minister | 28% GST on online gaming set to be implemented from Oct 1 | Santolia tournament promotes sports, drug-free living among Kathua district students | 20 litres of illicit liquor recovered by PS Arnia Jammu | Awareness program on Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan held | One missing girl reunited with her family by PS R.S Pura Jammu | 04 vehicles involved in illegal mining seized by Jammu Police | Rahul Sahai, advocates for extended Pilgrim stays in Jammu | BJP not in mood to hold polls in Jammu and Kashmir: Omar Abdullah | 74 Goats, Sheep killed in Kishtwar fire | Advisor Bhatnagar calls for collaborative Efforts to combat rabies impact | Sham, Chander Mohan, Dilbahadur listen public grievances | Centre transfers Srinagar SSP Rakesh Balwal to Manipur | Essential oils -A new horizon in combating “Superbugs” | Earthquake alert service | Back Issues  
news details
We ticked most of the boxes against Spain: India hockey coach Graham Reid
1/14/2023 10:36:13 PM
ENGLAND, Jan 14: India's chief coach Graham Reid on Friday said his players ticked most of the boxes in the 2-0 win over a tricky Spain in their FIH men's hockey World Cup opener in Rourkela He also praised the home team's defensive efforts to deny their opponents any chances.
"The boys were able to take the ball out of the goal. It was a good start. It is good to get the first game and it is done now and we will now focus on the next game," Reid said at the post-match press conference.
"We did practice of playing with 10 men as we thought at some point in the tournament we are going to play with 10 men. It was good. We got in front a lot today and that was very important. We were first with the ball and that makes a lot of difference in these sort of games.
"What is pleasing today is one the defensive effort and the second we handle the ball very well. There were not too many people who did not play well. That is what you need to win a World Cup. We need to continue it in the next game," he added.
India will play England in their second Pool D match at the Birsa Munda Stadium here on Sunday.
The Australian was also happy with the performance of both the goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak.
"It is the way we have been playing. Both keepers have been playing fantastically well and I am very happy. They are pushing each other," he said with a wry smile as the question related to Sreejesh, already one lof the legends of the game.
"I want both of them to be life options, that is, if they are playing well and something happens to one of them and the other is slotted quite easily. There are a lot of positives."
Reid also hinted that the Indian side is on the road to achieve greater heights in the future.
"As a coach, I do a lot of things and try to fix problems, block holes and doing it over and over in the two years. But the problem is you never know which is the one to fix the problem but I am a big mindset person and a lot of things we ended up talking tactically are fixed quite easily when you have a good mindset. There was tempo, there was turn which went right for the team," he said.
"The great teams in the world make decisions on the pitch and that I think that is what ends up happening with me as a coach. It is like you are putting your kids out and let them run and make mistakes and we are going to fix them later.
"But they also need to take their responsibility. Harmanpreet (Singh) made a nice speech before during the shirt presentation and part of that is we have to cannon balls, each of us and we showed a bit of it today. We just need to keep building on that."
Talking about a metaphor he had used earlier, he said, "On that Australian tour we fired 15 bullets and maybe we have found a couple of cannon balls now."
He was alluding to the number of goals India had scored (15) in that five-match series, which India competed for tooth and nail but lost 1-4.
Captain Harmanpreet was also happy with the team's impressive defensive performance.
"We speak daily that we must be strong in defence because that is important and that we did it. We cannot commit any silly mistake and all the boys did well when we were one man down (in the final quarter). As the coach said we did box practice and that helped," he said.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center