HIL: Just one win can change the momentum: Glen Turner
Having failed to win any of their four matches in the third edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), tonight's clash against defending champions Delhi Waveriders will be a critical one for home side Dabang Mumbai.
Dabang Mumbai players Tim Deavin (left) and Anup Valmiki (right) during a practice session held yesterday at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium
Of the four games that Mumbai have played, they have managed two draws (3-3 against Jaypee Punjab Warriors and 2-2 against Ranchi Rays) and lost two games (1-2 against Ranchi and 1-3 to Delhi).
Despite garnering just six points from four games, Mumbai's captain for today's match, Glen Turner, said that two wins can get the team into the top four.
"We are still in the game and wins in the next two matches could see us back in the top four. It's a close competition and one win can change the momentum," said Turner.
The Australian added that the team was banking on home advantage for today's tie.
"It is good to be back in Mumbai and play three games here. It will be very disappointing if we are unable to put pressure on Delhi tomorrow," he said.
Sardar holds key
When the two sides played last time around, Mumbai lost 1-3 despite Delhi playing sans Sardar Singh, who was serving a one-match ban.
Turner said that the target today would be to stop him. "He's (Sardar) a world-class player and their leader. The team performed well despite his absence. With him back they will be stronger," said Turner.