Koevermans livid with second half display against Palestine

The Dutchman was not happy with the way his team surrendered the lead against Palestine in a friendly at Kochi....
Wim Koevermans would have been left wondering how it all went wrong for his Indian team as they blew a lead in the second half of their international friendly against Palestine at Kochi. The Blue Tigers were sitting pretty on a 2-1 lead after a commanding first half display which saw Clifford Miranda and Syed Rahim Nabi get on the scoresheet.

However, the second half saw the Indian team putting up a shoddy performance as the Middle-Eastern side rallied to win the game 2-4. India were favourites to win this game considering that their opponents had many first team regulars missing. Wim Koevermans' side though proved any side can upset a team on their day.

"They play vigorously in the beginning only to lose ultimately. Before I took over as coach last year, I had watched several games India played and found out how they were at the receiving end of the match later in the game," an unhappy Koevermans said at the post-match conference.

The 52-year old coach however said that there was no failure in strategy. "There was no strategy failure. Everything went according to plan in the first half. We have to analyse the second half and find out a solution to the teams repeated bad performance in the last session," he said.

The Dutchman took time to praise the opposition. "The Palestinians played wonderfully well, particularly in the second," Koevermans said.

Palestine coach Jamal Mahmoud was pleased with his side's victory despite being the so-called 'underdogs'.

"In the first half, the Indians played well,but we fielded mostly newcomers. After the break, we brought in five experienced players and that showed in our performance and we won," said a beaming Jamal.

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