Brogdon: Redemption starts tomorrow

Alastair Brogdon breaks forwards against Aus at the World League

With almost 24 hours passing since Great Britain’s semi-final loss to World Champions Australia, Wimbledon’s Alistair Brogdon took some time to reflect on the events of that clash against the Old Enemy as well as looking ahead to tomorrow’s 3rd/4th place playoff with India.

The disappointment is still clear as the No11 talks about how the 3-1 defeat to the Kookaburras played itself out:

“We started how we wanted to and put them under pressure straight away which is normally what they try to do to you. We were quite happy with our start. It was a physical encounter and they kept that going throughout the match. It comes down to fine margins in the end and with the game at 1-1 there weren’t too many chances at either end. If we’d managed to keep it that way for longer we may have been looking at a different finish to the game.”

He adds: “The goals we gave them were mistakes which we are disappointed with. You can’t afford that against a side like them. We didn’t create a lot but if we’d hung in there at 1-1 we would have been able have more of a go at them at the end.”

Whilst there is frustration at the missed opportunity to put one over the World No1, Brogdon is keen to point out that that this is a feeling borne out of the strides the squad has made as well as the desire to be mixing it with the likes of the Kookaburras on a regular basis:

“We have improved a lot as a group. We played them before we came here and beat them and yesterday was close again. The gap is closing. They’ve done well over the years and at the World Cup no one got near them but we’re improving and getting closer. With Rio qualification secured we need to make gains over the next year so that when the Olympics come around we’re turning those losses into wins and pushing on.”

Alastair Brogdon celebrates scoring against Pakistan at the World League

“We know how good we can be. Coming into the tournament Olympic Qualification was our aim but we came here wanting to win the competition and we felt we were good enough to do so. Yesterday was a semi final we hoped we could win. We want to be winning more of those matches and getting to more finals.”

With the semi-final loss now behind the team the chance at redemption and to finish the tournament strongly arrives very quickly in the form of tomorrow’s 3rd/4th place clash with India. Despite not playing India on a regular basis, there will be few surprises for Brogdon and his teammates:

“It’ll be the usual Indian style of hockey. Very quick and skilful and they will put a lot of balls into the circle for deflections. They’ve come here with some key players carrying injuries but we expect a very hard game from them. We’ll go into it confident and hoping we can win and get third place.” He continues: “It’s important to finish on a high. We were unbeaten until last night and have improved over the tournament so to finish with a win and a third place, having qualified for the Olympics and knowing we only lost once. It’s not everything we came here wanting but it would be a slight silver lining to get that third spot.”

You can tune in on Sky Sports 3 tomorrow to see how Brogdon and his teammates do in their battle for third place with India. For all the TV guide information click here.

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