Raipur: Chief coach Roelant Oltmans feels it's high time India shed their perennial habit of playing "up and down" hockey and maintain a level of consistency to produce results in international tournaments.
India lost 0-3 to Argentina in the lung opener of the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Final before holding Olympic champions Germany to a 1-1 draw at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on Saturday.
"I am pleased with our performance against Germany but the big challenge is to maintain that level until the end of the tournament. We have seen in the past sometimes we play very well and sometimes our performance is below par. It's up and down," Oltmans said on the eve of India's last pool match against defending champions and World No 2 Netherlands today.
The Dutchman said they need to convert their chances into goals more often. "We are trying to be more focussed. Our aim is to score three goals in every match. So far we have scored only one in the tournament," Oltmans said.
World champions Australia were shocked 2-5 by Great Britain while Belgium spanked lowly Canada 7-2 in Pool A matches of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final yesterday. Henry Weir, Chris Grassick, Ian Sloan, David Condon and Phil Roper scored for Great Britain while Jeremy Hayward and Matt Gohdes scored for the losing side.