India chief coach Michael Nobbs was delighted with his sides performance in the narrow 2-1 victory over Pakistan,saying his boys played better than their arch-rivals in the match to keep themselves in the race for a bronze medal in the Azlan Shah Cup tournament.
We deserved the victory and Im happy at the way the boys played today. We tightened our defence but we could have made better use of the chances we got upfront, said Nobbs. Were in with a chance of getting the bronze here,and that should be a motivation for the boys. The boys have played a tough tournament in humid conditions and we now have two days of rest before the last game, he said.
India will not know their opponents for their classification match until Friday,as several teams are in with a chance to feature in the top four of the round-robin league standings. Nobbs,however,expressed displeasure with umpiring. We should have got another penalty corner when Sandeeps shot hit a defender,but the decision was changed, he said.
In contrast to Indias elation,Pakistan team manager Akhtar Rasool was disappointed with the number of chances missed by his strikers. We lost due to a late goal,but this was our best match of the tournament, said Rasool. We kept missing chances despite repeated attacks. But this is a young team that will improve with more experience, he said.