Indian hockey players are simply forgetting the game-plan: Nobbs

Updated: 02 August 2012 19:16 IST

Indian hockey team coach Michael Nobbs is nonplussed as to why the senior players are not adhering to the game plan as he struggles to prepare the side for Friday's tough match against reigning Olympic champions Germany.

London:

Indian hockey team coach Michael Nobbs is nonplussed as to why the senior players are not adhering to the game plan as he struggles to prepare the side for Friday's tough match against reigning Olympic champions Germany.

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After suffering two successive defeats, Nobbs had a one to one session separately with his players and asked why the game plan was consigned to the dustbin by some players.

Nobbs said the attitude of some players is disrupting India's game, and he cannot figure out why these players are not able to follow the strategy that has repeatedly been explained to them and often practiced in the field.

"When you play top teams you have to adapt and see which pattern works, but here we have a situation where some players are just going on to the pitch and doing their own thing," said Nobbs.

"The game plan gets chucked into the bin. The boys have for months been practicing the way we need to play and adapt to situations, but coming here they are trying to change everything on the floor," said Nobbs.

After two dismal performances that saw India lose 2-3 to Netherlands and 1-3 to New Zealand, clear instructions have gone to the players to 'please follow the game plan' to help the team's cause.

"The boys say that have understood what is required of them. In practice, they execute everything properly. But going into the game they seem to put all that out of their mind," he said.

Nobbs said in both the matches, the Indian team came into the contest only in the second session, but the failure to capitalise on the openings they created on Wednesday against New Zealand has left them with zero point from two matches.

Topics : Hockey Team India Olympics 2012
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