Coach Craig Ramsay was pleased with the performance of his people and the result of the match with France at the World Cup in Kosice. Slovak hockey players have improved their mood thanks to a 6: 3 triumph and believe they will have a smile on their lips even on Saturday against the UK.
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For the national team, this was just another win in the tournament. By the middle of the match they already led 3: 0, but then they gave the opponent space to reduce to one goal difference. Of course, the coach did not like that.
"All in all, we did a good job. We tried to hunt them, we worked well with the sticks and we played in their band. But then we took 3-0 and suddenly we decided that we could do something else on the ice. When you play an action that can be successful, you will have to drive your opponent. The French used it, they slipped heavily and put a lot of pressure on our defense. "
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Ramsay spoke after an unsuccessful meeting with Germany (2: 3) that his people must learn to play as real champions. The performance on Friday, he said, was already close.
"In most matches, this was the performance of the champion, but not all the time. The champions play at the beginning of the match either in the middle or in the end. Again I was kidnapped by the team, but then we lost control of nothing. We have a style, we have a system, we have very good players. We showed that we can play with every opponent, but we have to play easily. If we do that, we are very fast, strong on the puck, and it's hard for everyone to play against us, " he said.
WHAT TO GO
The Slovaks gave the French six goals, three in power and one in weakness. Thus, the Canadian coach could be satisfied with the offensive, but there is still much to improve. "We should hit the goal again and push behind the clasps. Better do what you always try to play.
After the game, there was a good mood in the cabin, the players went through the mixzone and finally smiled at the lips, but Ramsay was more restrained. His victory was pleased on Friday, but Saturday is another obstacle in the form of Great Britain.
"We should be happy and have a good mood. We did not play a bad game at the tournament, but the results are bad and you wonder if the players can energize again. And today. We all enjoy the fact that we won, scored six goals and our game of power, but tomorrow we will have another job " he added.