Olympics water polo: Rotherham’s Fran Leighton says team can be positive

Great Britain's Angie Winstanley Smith challenges Russia's Sofya Konukh during the Group B match at the Water Polo Arena. Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Angie Winstanley Smith challenges Russia's Sofya Konukh during the Group B match at the Water Polo Arena. Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
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ROTHERHAM’S Fran Leighton says the Great Britain women’s water polo team have to take the positives from their 7-6 defeat against Russia.

Team GB were trailing by one or two goals for most of the game, but managed to draw level in the final quarter, only to concede with three minutes to play.

The partisan crowd of 5,000 cheered on the home side as they fought it out with the Russians, who came third in last year’s world championships.

Captain Leighton, aged 30, said: “I’m obviously disappointed because we’ve come here to win every game, like every team.

“But I think we’ve got to take the positives from it. They didn’t have anything more than us.

“I think we’re at that level now where if you make any mistakes at all, even the slightest, you’re going to get punished for it, and I think that’s something we just need to be careful of.

“But I think we had some real positives where we controlled the game.”

Team GB put too much pressure on themselves as they tried to edge past Russia said defender Fiona McCann.

McCann, aged 25, from Chester, found the back of the net in the second quarter to level the score at 4-4.

She said: “At the beginning we were more calm, I think, and we were just getting into the game.

“We were on a high and we carried on with that, and I think in the second half we just tried to rush it a bit too much and try to hard.

“I think because it was such a close game, and we wanted it a bit too much. I think we put a little bit too much pressure on ourselves in the second half.”

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