We failed to capitalise on our moments, says Indian hockey coach Walsh

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 10, 2014, 23:02 PM IST

New Delhi: India looked completely out of sorts against England in their opening match of the Hero Hockey World League Final but chief coach Terry Walsh said the result of the match could have been different had his wards capitalised on their moments in the game.

India dished out a pathetic performance to lose 0-2 to higher-ranked England in their opening match of the HWL Final at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here today.

"We were relatively close. We had opportunities in the first period to change the match. We actually had moments (in the game) where we could have changed the game," Walsh said.

"In fact, I feel we were able to deliver on a few areas. Our physiology was good but we were not that disciplined on the pitch. But it was a productive first step. This group of players has not played together so there will always be difficulty in understanding," he added.

India captain Sardar Singh said the players need to communicate more in their coming matches.

"We were playing with a new strategy. We made small mistakes so we need to communicate more," he said.

England coach Bobby Cruthley, however, feels his side was by far the better team on display today.

"We were pleased with the way we defended. Overall we created better chances. We wanted to score more but probably it was a fair result," he said.

"I am happy that we could restrict their chances."