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Hawes puts faith in GB's attack

August 6, 2012 13:07 pm

Defender Ben Hawes believes Great Britain can beat anyone when they play aggressive attacking hockey and they will treat Tuesday's final group match against Spain as a quarter-final.

A thrilling comeback from 3-0 down to draw with world number ones and tournament favourites Australia showed what the side are capable of when they get into their flow.

That result leaves them needing a draw on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals but Hawes stressed settling for a point was not an option and the display against Australia highlighted their strengths.

"It was a great team performance and we stuck to our game plan, we stayed on the front foot," he said. "We had a few glimpses in the first half which showed we didn't need to be too disappointed and in the second half we proved that when we play attacking hockey we are really quite exciting.

"When we are on the front foot we can cause damage to anyone. That's a positive going forward. We have to go into the last game and treat it effectively as a quarter-final.

Hawes said they would be better prepared mentally for the Spain game having learned some harsh lessons in a 2-2 draw against South Africa immediately after their opening 4-1 win over Argentina.

"There were a few home truths after the South Africa game but we also realised it was not the end of the world," added the 32-year-old Wimbledon defender.

"Any side in international hockey can punish you if lack concentration and intensity and we had two incidents against Australia in the first half where we saw that against the best side in the world. We'll have a look at the video and if they are individual [mistakes] or a slight lack of concentration then they are easy to rectify."

Coach Jason Lee hopes his side can forget the Australia game quickly despite the feel-good factor which it produced.

"I want us to leave the game behind very quickly because a win would have put us in the semi-final but a draw or loss was largely the same in terms of the group," he said. "If we get stuck on that game we will be making a mistake as it will all be for nothing if we throw it away in the next one."

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