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India blew it away, says coach Nobbs

India's chief coach Michael Nobbs held his wards failure to convert the numerous goal scoring chances as the reason behind the five-time champions 2-3 defeat at the hands of Great Britain in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday.

'We just blew it away. We had the run of play and created the chances, but just did not convert them,' said Nobbs, shaking his head in disbelief after India crashed to a 2-3 defeat.

Erswhile champions India's title hopes suffered a severe setback after they slumped to their second defeat in three matches. India's three points came from their 2-1 victory over South Korea.

India are currently lying fifth among seven teams in the points table, behind New Zealand (nine points from three matches), Great Britain (four points from three matches) and Pakistan (three points from two matches) and Argentina.

'We're playing better and better with every game, but continue to make some mistakes that is proving costly,' said Nobbs, whose team began the tournament with a disastrous 1-5 loss to New Zealand.

'We had more penetrations than the rivals, and also had more shots at the goal,' added the Australian, who looked visibly dejected at the result of the match in which India bounced back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 parity.

World number four Great Britain, the highest ranked team featuring in this tournament, only managed to claim three points from a 62nd minute field goal by Nick Catlin.
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