Great Britain men’s hockey team under coach Paul Revington have been improving in leaps and bounds – their performance in the 4th FIH Pro League has made many sit up and take notice of them – the world number five side have probably not just surprised many of their opponents but also themselves with the way they have gone about their business. It does appear that Paul Revington who took charge as Great Britain men’s hockey team earlier this year, has settled well into his new role. He brings immense coaching experience to the Great Britain men’s hockey team after having previously served as the Technical Director of Malaysia Hockey and other coaching assignments.
Great Britain men’s hockey team have leapfrogged to the top of the points table in the 4th FIH Pro League with 9 points from 4 games, followed by India, Germany, and Spain in second, third, and fourth place respectively. The Great Britain outfit took many by surprise when they inflicted a clinical 3-0 defeat to 2022-23 Pro League champions Netherlands – its not often that we see the Dutch lose by a 0-3 scoreline and what made the win more special for the Paul Revington-coached side was that it was their first victory over the Dutch since June 2019.
Great Britain choose two minutes before half-time to land the killer punch at the Dutch and never allowed their opponents to recover from that to close out a great win. The 5th ranked side showed that their first leg win was no flash in the pan as they were equally formidable in the second leg forcing the Dutch to do all the chasing after taking a first-half lead before going on to win the shootout 2-0 after the 1-1 regulation time scoreline.
Great Britain maintain the same intensity against hosts Argentina as well – they did concede an early goal in the first leg but regrouped to even things up and eventually bagged the shootout after the 1-1 regulation time scoreline. They nearly pulled off a regulation time win against Argentina in the second leg but for Lucas Toscani’s strike four minutes before the final hooter – but they had the last laugh clinching the shootout 4-2 after the 2-2 regulation time scoreline.
If Great Britain can give teams like Netherlands and Argentina a tough time it can be assured that the 4th FIH Pro League could witness intriguing tussles in coming months as the Paul Revington-coached side seems have the ammunition to upset the applecart of the best in the business.