We need to maintain composure within the circle, says Graham Reid

BHUBANESWAR: India lost Sunday for the first time in the FIH Pro League when the Belgium world champions beat them 3-2 in the Kalinga Stadium .

Speaking after the game, India coach Graham reid I was, on the one hand, satisfied with the overall performance of the team, but disappointed with the finish.

Today's performance is something we can repeat. We created opportunities although we could not score the goals. For that we need to maintain composure within the circle. On the other hand, we gave them two goals that we cannot do. We also lost possession too easily in the first half, Reid said.

Although we place the ball easily, we also don't allow them to hold on to it for a long time. We pressed well during these times and did not allow Arthur (van Doren) the time to do much with the ball. added the coach.

Reid was also pleased with Raj Kumar Pal, who made his international debut in Saturday's game and also did well on Sunday.

As for the Belgian coach Shane mcleod He is worried, he also thought that the Indian team played well. As for his own team, McLeod said: The players had a great desire to win the game and took it as a battle. We take the lead from the beginning and keep fighting to keep the lead.

Belgian Captain Thomas Briels He believed that the initial goal eased the pressure on the team and that helped them play better. It was a great relief after scoring so early from our first game PC. Having failed 12 pcs in the last game, scoring from the first gave us confidence, said the captain.

Briels was also happy to have finally defeated India in India. It is not something we have done before, so it is an achievement. In addition, we can finally take a break after being away from home for five weeks.

Belgium will now go to your country and prepare for Germany in Germany. Meanwhile, India will face World No. 2 Australia here in two weeks.