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Pak coach rues missed chances, blames forwards for ''poor'' draw

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Lahore, Feb 23 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the complacent forwards of his team, Pakistan coach Asif Bajwa has blamed them for the disappointing 1-1 draw against India in the first game of the six-match hockey series' second leg being played here between the two arch-rivals.

''I would say it was a bad game after doing well in India and such a performance can not be a winning one especially after a team misses as many as eight scoring chances,'' Bajwa told the Associated Press of Pakistan.

He said the team's performance could at best be described as poor after the impressive 3-0 sweep in India.

''No doubt we have won the series but the most important thing is we could not win the match to maintain our supremacy,'' he said.

Bajwa said he was surprised with the performance of the senior players of the team who displayed little enthusiasm and warned that such laid-back attitude could prove to be a recipe for disaster against European teams.

''It is a series which is helping both the teams to prepare for their future tournaments but we cannot afford to show the same tendency while we play European teams,'' he asserted.

The Pakistan coach said he would make some changes in the side for the next match to analyse the bench strength.

''In coming two matches we will be ensuring to lift the performance of our team,'' he said.

The next game of the series will be played in Faisalabad tomorrow followed by the last game in Rawalpindi on February 26.

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