FIH Pro League: India neglected to create scoring opportunities against Dutch, says coach Janneke Schopmann

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Indian women’s hockey head coach Jeanneke Schopmann on Sunday said her players “ignored” to create more scoring opportunities in their 1-3 shootout against Netherlands in the second match of the FIH Pro League double-header at the Kalinga Stadium. . Saturday.

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India could have secured a thrilling 2-1 win in the first leg on Friday, but they leveled it 1-1 by allowing the visitors to equalize late in the second match. The Netherlands then won the shootout 3–1 to claim the bonus point.

“I think we played well for most of the game. In the first three quarters, we put a lot of pressure on them, but we neglected to make more results. We progressed a bit in the final stage, and unfortunately, we didn’t score PC And, in the fourth quarter, we didn’t have the slightest bit and the ball went to him,” Janneke said.

Indian women’s team captain Savita lamented that her team got many opportunities during the time of regulation but it could not fulfill those opportunities.

“They (Dutch) played better than the last match. Both the teams got many chances. It was a tough game and I think we didn’t take our chances. And, in shootouts, it’s always 50-50, but I think it’s a part of the learning process.”

The Indian women’s team has been awarded six points due to the cancellation of the double-header against England, which was initially scheduled for April 2 and 3. The England women’s team had to cancel their trip due to the high number of Kovid-19 cases. and injuries affecting the team.

With these six points and one point earned from the second match against the Netherlands, India have moved up to the top of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2021/22 table with 22 points.

Speaking about the home leg of his Pro League campaign, Janneke said, “We want to go ahead and I’m not necessarily looking at the other teams. I’m looking at myself. And, if we go to the Chinese side in Oman.” Against and then here against Spain, I think we took a lot of steps. We did a lot better than we did in the early games, but there’s still a lot to learn, a lot to improve.

“I am quite happy that we have grown in awareness of how we manage the game, understanding and what we want to do and when, so it was great for us to play these home games and learn from them. ” He added.

With less than 100 days to go for the FIH Women’s World Cup 2022, Savita said the Pro League experience is helping the team prepare for the marquee event.

“We have played our Pro League matches against quality teams, and it has been a great learning for us. It is really helping us prepare for the upcoming tournament, especially the World Cup.”

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