Champions Trophy: India won't repeat its mistakes, says VR Raghunath
Bhubaneswar: Bruised and battered by the back-to-back defeats in the Hero Champions Trophy hockey, India's experienced drag-flicker VR Raghunath said the hosts are keen to put up their "best show" in their last Pool B tie against World Cup silver medallist the Netherlands today.
After the narrow 0-1 loss against Olympic champions Germany in their tournament opener, India slumped to a 2-4 defeat against Argentina at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.
India squandered their hard-earned lead on two occasions within seconds against Argentina, to slid to the bottom of their pool.
"The mistakes which we did yesterday we tried to rectify it today. And we have planned to put up a very good show, our best show which we can put up tomorrow.
We are also prepared mentally for the main target i.e. quarter-final. So we are prepared for that whoever we will be facing," Raghunath told reporters on the eve of the game.
"We are really disappointed about yesterday's performance. We had a very friendly meeting today and we will make sure that we don't repeat the mistakes which we did
While India's forwardline created chances against Argentina on Sunday, the defence was nowhere to be seen and was caught napping by Argentina's fast counter-attacks.
"We conceded goals in 30 seconds twice. We should have held on to the lead but we have worked on that area today. We had a combined meeting. This happened after a long time. Our defence has played wonderful in the last one-and-a-half year.
"(It's) Good it happened in the pool stages because we can rectify the mistakes on that area and be prepared for the quarterfinal," Raghunath added.