Doncaster hockey star earns GB a draw in the Olympics

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Barry Middleton’s strike earned Great Britain a 2-2 draw with New Zealand as their Rio 2016 campaign continued to stutter.

But there is enough trust in this squad that performances - and more importantly results - will start picking up, accordingly to head coach Bobby Crutchley.



Team GB went ahead thanks to an early David Condon effort, before the Black Sticks came roaring back to take a 2-1 lead thanks to Kane Russell and Hayden Phillips.

The Doncaster man's 25th-minute equaliser proved enough to earn his side their first point of these Olympic Games, with Mark Gleghorne twice denied from penalty corners.

But Crutchley insists there is still much more to come after a number of chances went begging.

“I was disappointed not to win the game, we had some good opportunities, but we were definitely better than against Belgium,” said Crutchley.

“Our execution was a bit off so that probably cost us in terms of not getting the win, we didn’t deliver from penalty corners or from our final third play.

“There was a lot better intent and now we just need to make sure we have better quality throughout the game in the next couple of games.

“I didn’t need to say a lot after the Belgium game, they kind of knew it and we had to put some things right.

“It was way off our expectations and it was nearer today but it still wasn't where we need to be.

“The players are pretty good at evaluating their own performances so they will know what is needed.”

Next up for Middleton’s men is a clash with host nation Brazil on Tuesday, a team they have never played before and desperately need to beat to build confidence as much as anything.

And while they will start as heavy favourites to earn their first win of the tournament, Cructhley knows they will have to pay their opponents the right respect.

“It’s an odd game because we are playing a team we haven’t played before, that doesn’t happen often,” he added.

“We will have to make sure we are diligent, prepare properly and put in a performance that is required to get the win.”

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