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We need to be consistent, says Subhadra

The Indian women's hockey team has made a conscious effort to guard against complacency during its Olympic qualifiers against weaker sides.

“There is no problem in getting motivated against stronger teams. However, we have to play well against the weaker teams as well. We need to be consistent,” said seasoned defender Subhadra Pradhan here on Sunday.

Subhadra said the team should learn to keep its nerve in the first 10 minutes of every match. “We need to control our passing and avoid panicking.”

The side has been doing some mental training to stay calm in pressure situations.

Subhadra said the team, which had two drag-flickers in Jasjeet Kaur Handa and Jaspreet Kaur, had been working on improving its penalty corner conversion.

“We tried out some variations during the Test series against Azerbaijan and that's why we missed some goals (off short corners),” she said.

The 25-year-old said her main role would be to guide the junior players in the backline.

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