England’s Devastating Lose in Hockey World Cup: See What Coach And The Players Has To Say
Richardson-Walsh said: “We prepared professionally, as we always do, and did our homework on the opposition. I’m just devastated. There are still
a lot of games to go in the tournament but one thing we pride ourselves on is our fight and we’ve been lacking a bit of that.
“We are getting opportunities but we aren’t taking them. We need to be hard and honest with each other and come out for the rest of this tournament and play like an England team play.”
Coach Jason Lee said: “That’s two games running now that we’ve had three times as many circle entries as the opposition. For 60 circle entries we’ve only scored one goal and for 20 against we’ve conceded five, which makes life very difficult.
“For long periods I felt we just needed to get one goal from the chances we were creating. As the game progressed the nerves amongst the players grew and, of course, the result of the first game made them even more tentative. If we’d got an early goal we’d have found it quite an easy game.
He added: “The first goal by the Chinese was fantastic. Then they scored from a corner not long after that and all our confidence was drained. China put up a wall against us and some of their defence was excellent.
“They took their chances well. Our players put their heart and soul into the game.
“Ultimately it is my job to get them ready to play and take their chances. We’ll be looking at that – how are the chances created and what can we do to help the girls to take them.”