Skip David Murdoch admitted Britain’s failure to stop Sweden taking control was the main reason behind their first defeat at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Murdoch’s British men’s rink lost 8-4 to the world champions from Sweden, shaking hands after nine ends, as the Olympic curling tournament got going.
They had earlier began their campaign with a 7-4 defeat of host nation Russia and skip Murdoch conceded that they allowed Sweden to dictate too much.
“You need to take control of the ends just like we did against Russia. We just need to put that to one side really, a loss to the world champions isn’t the end of the world,” he said.
“There are a lot of tough teams here and it just shows that when you don’t play your best game you are going to be chasing a lot of ends and that is not what you want to be doing.
“I don’t think they were too good. I just don’t think we forced enough pressure on them. We have a good record against those guys throughout the years and when you are not playing your A game you don’t expect to win.”
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