Malaysian national hockey team boss Stephen Van Huizen has urged his men to put their frustrating defeat against Australia aside and focus on their crucial bout against Great Britain in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, tonight.
The Speedy Tigers have endured a frustrating start to the competition and they currently sit right at the bottom of the standings, having drawn against Japan before getting thumped 6-1 by Australia. But Van Huizen is eager to see his men bounce back and silence their critics in Ipoh.
“I hope my players forget what happened on Sunday and focus on the bigger picture. They [Australia] are a difficult opponent and they have a better ranking than us,” he told Harian Metro.
“But Britain are no pushovers either. They’ve got a deadly attacking department as well as a formidable defence, which is why I need my players to regain their confidence and be fully committed for the match tonight,” he added.
The Brits are currently third on the standings, behind India and Australia. They got their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign by battling out a competitive 2-2 draw against India, before sealing a 5-3 over Japan to three valuable points.
Tonight, they’ll be facing hosts Malaysia, with the match scheduled to begin at 8.35PM