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Gleghorne sure struggling GB stars can click into higher gear

By Ryan Walters

Published 09/08/2016

Positives: Mark Gleghorne knows time is still on Team GB’s side
Positives: Mark Gleghorne knows time is still on Team GB’s side

A marked improvement from the Team GB men's hockey team was only enough to earn a 2-2 draw against New Zealand on Sunday.

And forward Mark Gleghorne insists more needs to be done in order to ignite what has so far been an underwhelming opening to their Olympic campaign.

Ulstermen Gleghorne, David Ames, Iain Lewers and Ian Sloan all featured as Team GB found themselves 2-1 behind despite taking an early lead through David Condon.

Barry Middleton's equaliser in the second period was enough to earn a point but with time and games still on their side, 31-year-old Gleghorne believes it can only get better for his side.

"We are disappointed. We started off the game pretty well, played a high tempo and played with good attacking intent," he said.

"A few mistakes let them back into the game and we never really hit our straps like we did in the first 10 minutes.

"We didn't really have the quality going forward, we became very isolated in our attacks and linking the play became difficult.

"That is down to us, we need to find out how we are going to improve that.

"I had two pretty poor flicks at two pretty crucial points of the game, which was really disappointing, but sometimes it goes like that. We have just got to regroup and keep believing we have it in our own hands."

Ireland's men were well beaten 5-0 by silver medallists from London 2012, the Netherlands.

The defeat was Ireland's second of these Games. They face Germany today, looking to keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive.

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