Ipoh: India`s chied coach Michael Nobbs said the his team is showing signs of improvement and this victory against Malaysia in the Azlan Shah Championship will put their campaign back on track.
Pleased with the victory, Nobbs said Shivendra Singh`s return after missing a match due to stiffness lent sharpness to the attack.
"As always, Sardar Singh played an outstanding game, and he could even have scored from a penalty corner hit towards the end," said Nobbs.
Sardar stepped up to take the penalty corner shot when the specialist drag-flickers were not on the pitch. Sardar`s reverse drive struck the horizontal.
India played without a penalty corner shooter when Sandeep Singh was sent off in the 64th minute. But they were prepared to defend without one and Sandeep stepped back on the turn with only a minute remaining.
Nobbs felt that two yellow cards to the Indian players ?? first Kothajit Singh and then Sandeep were extremely hard which put additional pressure on the Indian defence late in the second session.
"The yellow cards were very harsh, but we managed to survive," he said.
Nobbs complimented the young Malaysian team for putting up a very good contest. Malaysia, who have included seven members of the recent Junior Asia Cup champion team, kept up the pressure on the Indians and twice reduced the lead.
"Malaysia played very well. Their juniors did an exceptional job and fought hard," he said.