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Seniors to blame: Rajinder

August 14, 2005 22:03 IST

A hapless coach Rajinder Singh Jr. on Sunday blamed the senior players for India's 1-0 loss to Spain in the eight-nation Rabo Trophy hockey tournament in Amstelveen.

Without taking names, the coach said that it was the experienced forwards who faltered and played notches below their potential.

"There was mispassing and faulty trapping," Rajinder said. He further stated that he was not averse to the idea of playing the relatively junior players in the starting eleven during the course of the eight day tournament.

Spanish coach Maurits Hendriks was also surprised at the Indian forwards performance.

"I think they played well below par and we were lucky to get three points," he said.

Hendriks further stated that it appeared to be a different Indian squad in the second half with more ball possession, but their star forwards need to find their flow and rhythm if they are to win.

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