No time to feel sorry, says GB captain Phillips

BUCK UP: GB captain Jonathan Phillips says it's do or die. Photo by Diane Davey.

BUCK UP: GB captain Jonathan Phillips says it's do or die. Photo by Diane Davey.

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GB ICE HOCKEY: Captain Jonathan Phillips says the Great Britain squad has no time to feel sorry for themselves as they go into a potential must-win match with Hungary on Saturday.

GB's surprising 5-0 defeat by Japan on Wednesday has left them battling for World Championship Division 1A safety, rather than competing for a bronze medal.

Victory for Tony Hand's side on Saturday will guarantee their safety but they would also be safe if they lose, so long as Ukraine are beaten by Japan.

Phillips said: “We've put ourselves behind the eight-ball going into Saturday’s game against Hungary.

“Maybe we were a little tired against Japan but now we've got no time, so it’s do or die now.

“I don't think there'll be any problems with the boys getting up for the game but we've left it to the last game.

“I think if we stick to our systems and we each do what we've got to do then we'll be fine.”

Ukraine will play in the first match of the day against Japan at 12 noon, who can still win a bronze medal.

GB will then face Hungary at 3.30pm, before a battle between the two promoted sides for the gold medal, Austria and Slovenia, at 7pm.

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