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HIL: Dabang Mumbai bank on home advantage against Delhi Waveriders

 Winless Dabang Mumbai are hoping the home advantage in their next three games, starting with tomorrow's match here against holders Delhi Waveriders, would help turn things around and put them back on track to clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Hockey India League (HIL).

HIL: Dabang Mumbai bank on home advantage against Delhi Waveriders

Mumbai: Winless Dabang Mumbai are hoping the home advantage in their next three games, starting with tomorrow's match here against holders Delhi Waveriders, would help turn things around and put them back on track to clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Hockey India League (HIL).

"We have had a couple of good halves but haven't finished off games. Wins in the next two games will see us back in the top four. It's a close competition. We are a new team and the more time we spend together as a team, the better. A win will give us the momentum," said star player Glenn Turner ahead of the return leg match against Delhi who beat them 3-1 in the first stage encounter.

"Home games are a big advantage and it's great to be back in Mumbai. We need to do well here and get some momentum going. I will be very disappointed if we don't put pressure on Delhi tomorrow," said the Australian today.

Mumbai have garnered six points from four games so far, after having started off in a very promising note against last year's runners-up Jaypee Punjab Warriors who were held to an exciting 3-3 draw.

Mumbai then lost to Ranchi Rays 1-2 on the next day and then drew with the Ranchi team 2-2 on the return away leg game before losing 1-3 to Delhi in their last encounter.
Delhi had to play their previous game against Mumbai without the services of India captain Sardar Singh who was serving out a one-match ban.

"He's a world-class player and their leader. They did pretty well without him. With him back they will be stronger," he said.

Turner, at the same time, exuded confidence that if his team plays to its potential, "it can beat any other team".

"If you look at the last game we had two corners saved on the line. We need to improve in everything, keep working hard."

Delhi coach Cedric D'Souza said his team's confidence was high. "We will be concentrating on penetrating the (rival) circle more," he said.

From Zee News

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