Rio 2016: Bobby Crutchley’s attacking move pays off as GB hockey beat Brazil 9-1

10 August 2016

Former Team Bath Buccaneers head coach Bobby Crutchley saw his Team GB men’s hockey side reinvigorate their Rio 2016 Olympic Games campaign with an emphatic 9-1 victory over host nation Brazil on Tuesday.

After losing to Belgium and drawing with New Zealand in their opening matches, GB needed a good result but got off to a poor start as Brazil scored from a penalty corner after four minutes – their first-ever goal at an Olympic Games.

Britain responded strongly, though, and went on to win comfortably through goals from Adam Dixon, Barry Middleton (2), Ashley Jackson (2), Harry Martin, Sam Ward (2) and Mark Gleghorne.

Five of those goals came in the last 15 minutes after Crutchley – who was inducted into the University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport earlier this year and still coaches junior players at Team Bath when he has time – removed his goalkeeper to play with 11 outfield players.

Next up for Team GB men is a must-win match against Australia, being shown live on BBC Sport at 12.30am on Thursday.

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