Coach Nobbs livid over India's 2-3 loss to Britain
Top seeds Britain secured their first win of this year's Sultan Azlan Shah Cup yesterday with a 3-2 victory over India in a closely-fought match.
New Zealand sent Asian champions Pakistan crashing to a 3-1 defeat, while Argentina beat South Korea 4-3 with just seconds on the clock, their first win of the tournament, which is an important warm-up for the London Olympics. Britain, who drew their opening match 3-3 on Friday with hosts Malaysia, were in good form in the early part of the match, with Glenn Kirkham and Ben Hawes both scoring.
But some poor defending saw India draw level with goals from VR Raghunath and Sunil Sowmarpet, leaving it to Nick Catlin to save the day for Britain, ranked fourth in the world, with a goal in the 62nd minute.
Indian coach Michael Nobbs berated his team, saying they “simply did not follow the instruction given and wasted several good chances... What is the point in fancy stick work in the D if you do not score?”
In other matches, Argentina beat South Korea 4-3 and New Zealand defeated Pakistan 3-1. Argentina are placed fourth with three points, while South Korea are last with one point, behind India and hosts Malaysia, who are not going to the Olympics.