Preview: Crutchley determined his side will finish on a high against Los Leones

Dan Fox in action for Gb at HWL2015


The disappointment amongst the Great Britain team at full time of their quarter final defeat to India was clear to see. Having shown such fine form and promise in the pool stages of the tournament, Bobby Crutchley’s team will now be forced to watch the medal matches from the sidelines after their 2-1 defeat to the hosts.

The Head Coach was philosophical in the wake of the defeat, despite his obvious disappointment:

“We allowed them to dictate the game in the first half and at times we were a little too passive. We still created chances but we weren’t quite able to get the goals we needed.” he said.

“We were better in the second half and dominated for long periods of the game but our execution in the final third was a little bit lacking today. We probably did enough to get something from the game so we’re a little frustrated but if you don’t take the chances you create it makes life difficult.”

Crutchley’s team went into the quarter final as the tournament’s top scorers, having amassed 11 goals in the first three games, but they came up against a stubborn India side who were inspired by the support of the home crowd. Nevertheless, there are positives to be taken from teh tournament, despite Great Britain falling short of the medal matches:

“Despite the disappointment there is a lot to be positive about from this tournament. Some of the less experienced guys have stepped up and played well and at times we’ve played some really good hockey. We’ll be better for the experience and hopefully this will stand us in good stead and allow us to get over the line in the future. I’m positive that this group will bounce back. They have a lot of pride in what they do and will be keen to put things right in the next game.”

That future and the chance to right the wrongs of the previous game, comes today against an Argentina side who were similarly disappointed after crashing out to Belgium in the quarter finals. Los Leones came second in their pool and like Great Britain, had scored plenty of goals. Gonzalo Peillat, their ace drag-flicker has accounted for six of the side’s nine goals in the tournament so far and will be an obvious threat. Los Leones play a physical and attacking style of hockey with the emphasis on quick breaks relying in part on the individual flair of the likes of Agustin Mazzilli and Lucas Rey. The two sides know each other very well having faced each other in five test matches since May 2014. Great Britain have won two of those matches, with Argentina winning once and two draws. Of course they also met at the London Olympics in the opening match for both sides. A game remembered fondly by GB skipper Dan Fox, who netted the third in a 4-1 win, to date his only goal for Great Britain.

Both sides would not have wanted to be in this game, having come into the tournament aiming for the medal matches, but when national pride and the competitive spirit of the athletes kicks in, you can bet no quarter will be asked and none will be given.

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