Malaysia and Britain looking for first win in tournament


KUALA LUMPUR: After losing two matches, Malaysia and Britain will be looking for their first point when they clash in the Samsung Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today. 

Malaysia lost to Australia and Holland 0-2 and 1-3 respectively while Britain went down 0-4 to both Holland and Germany. 

And both teams will be eyeing a win when the meet at 6.05pm today. 

Malaysian coach Sarjit Singh said that his team played well in the two matches and now must look at improving further in the coming matches. 

“That is our objective. We need to secure some points and Britain are one of the teams we stand a chance against. But it must also be remembered that they are way ahead of us in the world rankings and will not want to lose either,” said Sarjit. 

Against Australia and Holland, the Malaysian defence showed resilience and their ability to retreat and provide cover during counter attacks is a good indication that they can attack and defend in numbers.  

Their tackling has also improved with fewer unforced errors. And it is this aspect that Sarjit wants to see continued improvement. 

“Consistency is a must if we want to stay among the best. The set plays are going well and the players are more confident of their moves. But we must look at matching our opponents in all areas and not in specific areas only,” said Sarjit. 

“Defender Bajlit Singh is slightly injured but he should be ready for the match tomorrow (today). His leg was a little swollen after the Australia match.”  

Britain, like Malaysia, are also preparing for the Olympic qualifiers next year.  

This tournament offers them a chance to gauge their players’ performance and also to try out new strategies. 

Coach Jason Lee, though not overly worried about the two earlier losses, wants to see his team do better against Malaysia. 

For the record this is the first meeting between the two teams in the Champions Trophy.  

Overall, both teams have met a total of 28 times, with Malaysia having won only six times.  

Britain have won 13 times while nine matches had ended in draws.  

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