New Delhi: India face a must-win situation in their last pool match against Korea if they wish to progress to the knockout stage of the ongoing Junior World Cup hockey and the home team's chief coach Greg Clark on Sunday said his wards will give their best in the do-or-die game.
Both India and Korea are on three points each from two outings in Pool C, but the hosts need an outright result in their favour in order to qualify for the quarterfinals, whereas, a draw would be enough for the Koreans to go forward by virtue of a better goal difference.
With two wins from as many games, The Netherlands have already qualified for the quarterfinals from Pool C.
"I have full confidence that the boys will do well in the next match against Korea like they did in the last match against Canada," Clark said at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on India's hard-fought but impressive win against Canada last night.
"Our experience shows that the team gets comfortable with environment as the tournament progresses and performs better with every match. We will definitely put our best show (against Korea)," he insisted.
"We are still very much alive in the tournament and there is lot of positivity within the team."
India started as favourites last night but they had to toil hard as twice the hosts had to come from a goal down to beat Canada 3-2. India were the dominant side on display against Canada but they frittered away innumerable scoring chances to make life difficult for themselves.
And coach Clark admitted that his wards need to be more accurate against a dangerous opponents like Korea on Tuesday.
"We really got good chances in the last matches. We created fairly good chances and would like to stick with the same in future matches," he said.
"I have full confidence that the boys will do well in the next match against Korea like they did in the last match against Canada. Statistically we did lot of right movements like circle entry and created a lot of chance in the opposite end of the field.
"The Koreans are a good side; they have consistently performed well in the tournament. The match will be difficult but we have confidence in ourselves. The team showed character last night. Our performance has constantly improved. But we got to be more accurate in our next encounters," Clark added.