World Cup 2014: Day 8 Quote, Unquote.

Wins for Germany and both Argentina’s teams, plus another wonderful display from the Dutch. Find out what the players and coaches thought of it all here. 

Martin Zwicker, Germany:
We are happy with the win because we are still in a position to get to the semi-final. We are now hoping Argentina will lose, so we will see.
We played very well in the second half and focussed on our game and played strong. We know we are a good team and we are still hopeful of making the semi-finals.

Agustin Mazzilli, Argentina:
We are taking it one game at a time so now we focus on the next match. We defended very well and we scored some great goals. This was probably our best display of the tournament so far.

Lauren Crandall, USA:
I’m really proud of my teammates. We focus on one game at a time. We have a fresh energy in the team and some experience, too. You learn a lot from every game you play in international hockey and we are very dedicated and committed and it’s paying off. My focus is on the next game. We have one more pool game to go and we want to pick up the win.

Jason Lee, England:
The girls can be very proud of how they played today. At the start of this tournament we’d guessed this game against Argentina would be a tight one as we’d both be trying to head to the semi-finals. Of course it’s extremely disappointing that’s not the case but it felt like there was more on the line today. The pride of the girls and in terms of who they are and the team they can be was also on the line. They’ve struggled to show it in this tournament but today they showed they are good hockey players and they can be a great a team. Some small things haven’t worked in our favour and our confidence has been bashed on a couple of occasions. It feels like we’re due a heap of luck. The corner at the end was at least debatable and of course it went against us. It’s unfortunate because we deserved more than a defeat today. We can go forwards to the next game and the game after that with more pride because we’ve shown that we can be a good side.

We’ve got a wide variety of experience in the team. For some of the girls this is their first ever tournament. I expect this to be their worst ever experience. You can be more motivated when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff. People have said to me it can’t get much worse from here, it can. If we start to see the team give up or take a hiding today, that’s worse. There is still some fear in the group, but not fear of expectation. The girls need to have some pride about who they are. They will think they have to do better and there will be plenty of suggestions on how we can achieve that but this team certainly has a future. We have to make up for some pride and show some guts and fight.
Sally Walton, England:
The fight and desire was there for all to see today. The girls have turned a corner and we’re fighting for everything and going back to basics. Although the result doesn’t suggest it, anybody watching today would have seen that we were back to the English way of grit and determination. A defeat is hard to swallow but I’m really proud of all the girls.

Susie Gilbert, England:
We’re absolutely gutted about the result but everyone gave everything in that game. We put everything out there. We were defensively strong which showed so it’s devastating to lose in that way. We have to take the positives into the next game with Germany. We reflected on the last three games and we came into today relaxed and took the game to them. We played with no fear and were strong in defence. We knew our roles and what we had to do and that made a big difference. We’ve stuck together as a team and a unit and after today we’re looking forward to the Germany game.

Billy Bakker, the Netherlands:
The semi-finals are what we worked for so we’re pleased to have made it. If you look at the score we played some nice hockey but we also played with some patience. We’re disappointed to have conceded one but we’re happy overall. We need to keep playing patiently like we did against Germany and Korea. Sometimes teams play defensively against us and we need to be prepared to deal with that and still win the games.

About thetopofthed

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