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Hockey World Cup: India to go all out for full points against England

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 5:10pm IST | Place: The Hague (Netherlands) | Agency: PTI
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India will go all out, seeking full points, when they clash with England on Monday in their second group fixture of the hockey World Cup after missing the chance to gain a point against fancied Belgium, thanks to a last-minute goal.

The Indian team will be looking to avenge their 0-2 loss to England in the World League Finals in New Delhi earlier this year.

Spearheaded by Ashley Jackson, who was sold for $ 73,000 in the Hockey India league auction last year, England are not a very attacking side, but are adept in capitalising on the lapses in rival defenses.

Plugging the gaps in the defense is what the Indian coaching staff was today trying to work on, after the dejection of conceding the winner to Belgium with just 15 seconds left for the hooter.

Combating England's typical European style of defensive hockey will put to test the work new coach Terry Walsh and technical director Roelent Oltmans have done with the Indian team in the past six months.

The Indian team on Sunday woke up still suffering from the pangs of the missed chance to garner a point against Belgium, the European Cup runners-up who were among the teams tipped to make the semifinals from Group A behind defending champions Australia.

England squandered a first-half lead to draw 1-1 against Spain in their opening game with skipper Barry Middleton playing the pivot.

Walsh may be dejected at his wards not securing a point from their first outing, but the performance has raised his belief in the players. But he knows that they can not afford to repeat the mistakes in the England match.

"England is a formidable opponent and we will be strongly challenged in our match against them. We will have to move the ball effectively and this we will attain by utilising appropriate dodging techniques which will help to create opportunities if we are able to execute in a timely fashion.

"Understanding the deficiencies in our last contest and applying suitable adjustments will be a big test. Within the tournament this game has significant importance and our mental preparations and resilience will be tested," Walsh said.




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