London 2012: Harry Martin on ‘amazing’ Team GB hockey fightback
IPSWICH hockey player Harry Martin insists Great Britain’s men fear nobody at the Olympics after a stunning comeback against Australia on Sunday.
With Australia marking Britain’s penultimate group game at the Riverbank Arena, Martin and co we targeting a victory to all but wrap up their semi-final spot as one of the top two teams.
However that looked like it wasn’t going to happen as Australia, ranked No.1 in the world, raced into an early 2-0 lead, adding to that shortly after half-time.
But Britain gritted their teeth and produced a stunning comeback, drawing 3-3 thanks to goals from Jonty Clarke, captain Barry Middleton and James Tindall.
And, despite admitting their performance was far from perfect, 19-year-old Martin admits it shows just what they are made of heading into the latter stages of London 2012.
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“I can’t really get my head around that game, it was amazing just exactly what happened in it,” said Martin.
“First of all it was the best atmosphere I have ever played in, it was unbelievable and that really did help us with the comeback.
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“But most importantly we just trusted our game and came out in the second half eager to show what we could do and trusted ourselves and it paid off. We knew what we had to do.
“In the first half we weren’t giving the easy ball and we changed that and when we are on our game, like we just showed, we can beat anyone in the world.
“After that we feel like it is ours to lose now so we will go into the rest of the competition full of confidence.”
Tindall’s late equaliser was important not just for the game but also for the bigger London 2012 picture, meaning Britain’s destiny is in their own hands heading into their final group game with Spain on Tuesday.
And Martin is confident that, if they can transfer their second-half over for the full 70 minutes against Spain, then they will ease into the semi-finals.
“That gives us a huge boost and we still have a massive game against Spain but we have confidence in ourselves,” he added.
“All we need to do is make sure we take our second-half form right from the off and we should be fine. It will be tough but we are confident.”
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