Murdoch relieved after tight Latvia win at Europeans

25 November 2013 / 18:06

Scottish skip David Murdoch insists he will take the wins in any way possible at the European Curling Championships after a last end victory over Latvia in Stavanger.

After a miss that handed Latvia a steal of one and a 5-4 lead at the end of the seventh end, Murdoch scored two in the tenth for a 7-6 win and Scotland’s third in Norway.

Murdoch’s rink are now up to level second in the standings with Sweden and Switzerland, all having won three and lost two, while the home nation and Denmark lead the way unbeaten in five.

And Scottish skip Murdoch admitted it is simply the wins that he cares about most at the European Championships in Stavanger, not necessarily how they come about.

“It’s the result that matters, of course, but that was down to some not-so-good play by me, the guys played well,” said Murdoch.

“That win keeps us in good shape on the rankings, and if we can get a win off one of the top teams later on, then we’ll be OK.

“If I had made any of my first shots in the early ends then we’d have been scoring threes for fun and it would have been an entirely different game.”

In contrast Eve Muirhead’s Scottish women’s rink needed just six ends to brush Denmark aside 10-1 and maintain their unbeaten start to the European Championships.

And Muirhead admitted getting off to a fast start helped them dominate Denmark before they shook hands on the result after six ends.

She said: “Our first few games have been good but we’ve gotten off to slow starts, so we said that we’ve got to be really fired from the start and that’s what we did there. 

“That was a good team performance, the four of us really strung together, and all of us played well. They were under a lot of pressure for the whole game.”

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