Nothing in defeat to Canada insists skip Murdoch

15 February 2014 / 14:07

David Murdoch admitted the margin between victory and defeat against Olympic curling champions Canada couldn’t have been any slimmer as they fell on the wrong side of a 7-5 defeat.

Skip Murdoch’s Team GB men’s rink have been in fine form in Sochi and were looking to claim a fifth successive win and take their record to six victories and one loss against Canada.

They came ever so close too with Murdoch forced to play a double takeout with his last stone and missing by a matter of millimetres as Canada chalked up victory.

And Murdoch, whose rink is now on a record of five and two and equal third with the Canadians with a key match to secure a semi-final place against Norway next, insisted there was literally nothing in it.

“You are talking one millimetre on the higher side and that would have been the game. It is a pretty cruel blow to be honest,” he said.

“We were tactically smart and played well, we forced a lot of pressure on them and we didn’t get the win, so maybe the luck has evened itself out this week.

“This team can play on the big stage. That was the Olympic Games against Canada, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.

“The guys didn’t feel an ounce of pressure. There was a real good feeling and belief throughout the game and that was nice to see.

“We will need to bin that one and move on. We have got two big games now, to get over that finish line into the semi-final and we certainly need a few more wins if we are going to do that.”

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