The Indian workforce’s chief hockey coach Graham Reid, although pleased along with his boys overcoming Olympic champions Argentina 4-3 within the opening apply match, was important of the guests permitting the house workforce to claw again into the sport.
“We allowed Argentina to come back into the game particularly in the third quarter where they scored twice. When you play a strong team like them, we need to be consistent in all the quarters,” mentioned Reid forward of the second match on Wednesday.
India will play a complete of six matches towards Argentina — 4 apply and two back-to-back FIH Professional League ties on April 11 and 12 — and defender Harmanpreet Singh has termed it as the very best for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Good win but there’s scope to be more consistent,” mentioned Reid after the match late on Tuesday.
Drag-flickers Harmanpreet Singh (twenty eighth minute), Rupinder Pal Singh (thirty third) and Varun Kumar (forty seventh) transformed the penalty corners, whereas Nilakanta Sharma (sixteenth) opened the account.
“It was a good practice match, intensely fought by both teams. It is always nice to come up with a win against a team like Olympic champions Argentina as it amplifies our confidence levels,” mentioned Reid of the Manpreet Singh-led workforce.
“We were able to create opportunities in the circle and also convert them. This was one of the areas we really put our minds to in the national camp back in SAI, Bengaluru.”
However had it not been for veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh’s efforts, particularly within the first quarter, issues might have turn into robust for India.
Argentina made a robust comeback within the third quarter, scoring two objectives, by way of Leandro Tolini (thirty second) and Maico Casella (forty second), and Reid mentioned that robust video games like these carry out the perfect in a participant.
“Each match we play is a learning experience and I feel we have scope to do better. We look forward to good matches. These matches will help us when we take on the home team in the double header Pro League matches,” mentioned Reid.