India chief hockey coach Roelant Oltmans seemed to relieved and satisfied after boys in blue turned into goal machine against Pakistan in the Hockey World League Semi-Final but said they still need to work on some areas.
India went ahead with goals from drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh (13th minute, 33rd), Talwinder Singh (21st, 24th), Akashdeep Singh (47th, 59th) and Pardeep Mor (49th) to beat Pakistan 7-1 and zoom to the top of Pool B on Sunday.
“I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan,” said Oltmans after the match.
“We scored some great goals today and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy. I enjoyed the way we played, but as always I look for things to improve in our performances but scoring seven and conceding one is good,” he added.
The 7-1 win was also India’s biggest over Pakistan, bettering the 7-4 effort against arch-rivals in 2003 Champions Trophy and 2010 Commonwealth Games.
India will next play The Netherlands on Tuesday.