As the Indian men’s hockey team prepares to face the Netherlands, coach Craig Fulton emphasizes the need for improved defense to secure victories. Following the departure of Graham Reid, the Indian team started their journey with consecutive defeats against Belgium (1-2) and Britain (2-4) on May 26 and 27.
However, under Fulton’s guidance, they made a strong comeback, triumphing 5-1 against Belgium and clinching a 4-2 shootout win over Britain after a 4-4 draw. “Defend well to win” Coach Craig Fulton’s Motto for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team. The South African stated in a virtual media interaction on the eve of their clash against Netherlands,
“There are glimpses for sure, we want to keep the Indian style of play which means a lot of attacking hockey. But, at the same time, it does not help if you can’t defend,”
“We need to make sure that we get that right and everyone buys into that — it will take a bit of time.
He also added,
“Our striker line-up is helping win more penalty corners and this is what we want. But overall, we just need to improve our defending from front to back,”
In FIH Pro League 2022-2023, India vs Netherlands match is scheduled to kick off at 11 PM IST on June 7 (Wednesday). Indian viewers can catch the live telecast of the match on Star Sports First channel, while the live streaming can be accessed on Fancode.