The numbers behind GBs strong start

GB men v Argentina
Great Britain’s men’s team enjoyed a hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Germany in their most recent match, and go into their debut home FIH Pro League game on Saturday 4 May against Spain in fine form - tickets for that clash are available HERE

With four wins from five away matches in the new competition we looked at the numbers behind what’s been a positive start from the team:

Defence looking dominant
Despite Sunday’s 1-0 victory being Great Britain’s first clean-sheet in the FIH Pro League, they have only conceded more than two goals in a game on one occasion and boast an impressive defensive record.

With five matches played GB have only conceded ten goals, five of which came during an opening match victory over Spain, as the side continue to progress defensively.

Alongside Germany, who have a 0-0 draw with Argentina to their name after the game was cancelled, GB are averaging the fewest goals conceded per-game (2) in the competition.

Brendan Creed

Strength in set-pieces
Great Britain have looked frightening in-front of goal through the FIH Pro League and are the sole side to be averaging more than one penalty corner goal per game (five games, six penalty corner goals).

Sam Ward (2), Adam Dixon (2), Phil Roper (1) and Mark Gleghorne (1) have all found the target from the set-play with only Australia and New Zealand (7) recording more than GB, but they have played several additional matches. 

Sam Ward df

Prolific Roper on-target again
It’s been a sublime start to the FIH Pro league for Phil Roper who’s already notched five goals from just six games.

His strike against Germany moved him up to second in the FIH Pro League top scorers list, just one behind Spain’s Pau Quemada who has played two additional matches.

The numbers prove how clinical the forward has been in-front of goal having scored six from only eight shots on target in the FIH Pro League.

GB men v Germany

Tough tests lie ahead
Great Britain currently sit seventh in the FIH World Rankings, and whilst victories over Germany (6th in World Rankings) and Argentina (4th) show the strong start GB have made, there are some challenging fixtures around the corner.

Following Saturday’s Spain match, GB host Argentina on Friday 18 May before welcoming 2018 World Cup winners and number one ranked side Belgium to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre the next day. 

It will be consecutive matches against Belgium as Great Britain travel to Antwerp on Thursday 30 May before facing the Netherlands (3rd in World Rankings) in Eindhoven on Sunday 2 June in a tough looking run of games.

Don’t miss Great Britain’s men’s first FIH Pro League home match and secure your tickets for Saturday’s Spain game at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre by clicking HERE.