Murdoch gets lucky but is determined to seize second chance

17 February 2014 / 14:48

David Murdoch admits his rink got lucky - but is determined to make it count after it appeared his Olympic curling campaign was over.

Murdoch and his Team GB crew of Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow and Scott Andrews lost 6-5 to China in their final round robin match in Sochi.

But Denmark's surprise defeat of Norway on the adjacent rink meant he lived to fight another day.

Murdoch will now play Norwegian rival Thomas Ulsrud in a fourth place tiebreaker to decide who joins Sweden, Canada and China in the semi-finals, which means a guaranteed match for a medal.

"It's bittersweet because we've wanted to get across that finish line for a while now and we've just not managed it," said Murdoch, whose side have now lost three straight games to finish the group stage with a won five, lost four record.

"The Chinese skip was on fire there and you've got to give him credit, he had a tremendous game. We're still in it and thankfully Denmark did us a favour."

Murdoch's rink lost 7-6 to Norway just 24 hours ago but he remains convinced they are there for the taking.

"We've got a good record against Norway, we usually enjoy playing those guys. We know what we're getting from them, we know what to exploit, though they know our game very well too," he added.

"We're not out, we're not downbeat, we're still in this. We've played some decent stuff but we are not really hitting top gear, we need to get a two shot lead to start cruising but that is just the standard of the teams we are against."

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