Need to convert more chances: Harmanpreet Singh

Indian hockey skipper Harmanpreet Singh urged his crew to “end nicely” as they suffered their first defeat within the ongoing FIH Males’s Professional League happening to lower-ranked Spain.

Execution of penalty corners as soon as once more grew to become the speaking level as India misplaced to Spain 2-3 right here on Sunday, which got here on the again of an exciting 4-3 win over New Zealand within the tournament-opener. “We have been creating loads of probabilities. We acquired loads of penalty corners. We have been attempting for various variations and mixtures.

However typically, they don’t work out. We now have two extra matches to go subsequent week, so hopefully we’ll attempt to convert extra probabilities,” Harmanpreet stated. World No 5 India received 5 penalty corners in opposition to eighth ranked Spain however might solely convert one — from the sticks of Harmanpreet himself within the twenty seventh minute.

The opposite being a discipline purpose by Abhishek within the fifty fifth minute. For Spain, Eduard de Ignacio-Simo (seventeenth), captain Marc Miralles (twenty seventh) and Marc Reyne (57th) scored to assist their crew choose up the win. India will face New Zealand on November 4 and Spain on November 6 within the reverse leg fixtures.

“We attempt to play with full strain. So, we are able to create attacking probabilities. We have been in a position to intercept loads of passes and enter into the circle. However we are able to enhance upon our ending,” stated the defensive bulwark of the Indian crew.

Harmanpreet additional hailed the ‘residence crowd’ on the Kalinga Stadium. “That is our second residence and we all the time obtain large assist from the gang right here. So, it brings us loads of optimistic vibes that we are able to do higher and push ourselves,” he concluded.

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