Russell: Tough decisions after the weekend

Great Britain boss Pete Russell admitted he faces some tough decisions after his team were defeated 4-1 by Poland in the first of two international challenge matches this weekend.

GB, who are preparing for the World Championship tournament in Belfast later this month, struggled to match their opponents in the first period but gradually found their feet.

Jack Prince scored GB’s only goal and Russell was left with plenty to ponder after the game.

“We were very flat in the first but I was pleased with how we responded,” said Russell.

“These games are all about preparing the squad for Belfast. We have things to work on, but we’re three days into our camp so we’re going the right way.

“Poland are a very good side and we didn’t match them in the first, but after that it was even in goals and chances so you have to be happy with that.

“Saturday will be a tough turnaround being an early game, but that’s part of Championship hockey so we’ll go with it.

“There will be some tough decisions after the weekend, but everyone is playing for a spot in Belfast so it’s a nice headache to have.”

The two teams meet again at Coventry’s Skydome on Saturday.

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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