We still have room for improvement: Kumar

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2012, 20:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Indian women coach C R Kumar feels "there is still room for improvement" even though his team beat Canada comprehensively (4-1) in their second Olympic qualifier on Sunday.

"We played more passes and there was good penetration in their attacking third. But I believe there is still room for improvement," Kumar said at the post-match media interaction.

After their disappointing 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Saturday, the Indian girls looked more assertive in the striking zone.

"The plan was to take a shy at the goal whenever our girls enter the striking zone. Also we changed our plan for short corner conversion. Since they tried to block the goal mouth, we changed the tactic of taking a direct shot from the penalty corner and that paid dividends," Kumar reasoned.

Skipper Asunta Lakra on her part said that "cutting down on mistakes was important and they did just that".

"We had a meeting today where we had discussed about not repeating our mistakes. There was a lot of self belief and we motivated each other. Now the aim would be to maintain the momentum throughout the tournament," Lakra said.

Both Kumar and Lakra assured that Anuradha Devi`s injury is "nothing serious".

Young Rani Rampaul who scored one of the four goals said, "We have to maintain this conversion rate in the remaining matches. We played much better than yesterday but we can still improve. Tomorrow is a rest day and we will also get a chance to watch the videos of the two matches and analyse the mistakes we have made."

PTI