Bhubaneswar,21 February; Australia chalked out a thrilling 4-3 win over India to move up to third place in the FIH Hockey Pro League at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday
Australia’s Lachlan Sharp, who was named Player of the Match, said that he was “definitely disappointed” with the final quarter, but was pleased with the overall performance and was quick to comment about the strength and depth of the Kookaburras squad. “It [the fourth quarter] was not what we wanted, but to have a good defence in the end and hold them out, it was a good win. We have a squad of 27 who can step up on their day and play their role. I think we showed that tonight. The Kalinga Stadium is always a great place to play, we love the support of the Indian crowd, so thank you for that.”
India captain Manpreet Singh also gave his thoughts regarding today’s performance: “I think we are quite disappointed because we didn’t start well, conceding three goals. In the fourth quarter we came back and actually played our game, and because of that we scored two goals. I think we didn’t create many chances in the first three quarters but in the last quarter we did, so we need to come back [strong] for tomorrow’s match.”
The two teams meet again in the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday with Australia knowing that another victory would see them climb above the Netherlands and into second in the standings.