Wilson focuses on South Africa clash

31 July 2012 / 16:22

The medal chances of the Team GB men's hockey team may be being talked up even more after their confident opening victory but defender Ali Wilson insists the team's focus extends no further than the next 24 hours.

After dispatching Argentina 4-1 in an often scrappy encounter Jason Lee's side face South Africa on Wednesday in what could be another attritional affair.

Wilson said they were concentrating on maintaining their 100% record, especially with higher-ranked opponents to follow, rather than even considering thinking about podium places.

"We know that if we play to our full potential then we'll be in with a shout," said the Beeston player.

"We put no pressure on ourselves and so it doesn't really affect us what everyone else is doing really. It's quite inspiring seeing everyone (at the Olympics) doing their best, even if they're not getting medals.

"In the past, we've been a bit off the top teams a few years back and we would need a good bit of luck to get any sort of result against them. But we feel like we've played ourselves up the rankings and into the bigger games in tournaments now.

"So, when we play against them, if we play our real best game, then we can compete with those teams now."

Britain's attacking style brought them four goals and Wilson admitted that may be important in the final shake-up in Pool A.

"Lot's of people scoring also get people's confidence up," he added.

"We had quite a few chances that we didn't take but we were in the area making the chances, which is really important. It's a good starting block and it's nice to get that first game out the way and get the nerves out the way and move on - and hopefully perform better and better as we go through."