Great Britain 3 Australia 16: Water polo girls suffer heavy defeat after unlucky opening
23:25 GMT, 1 August 2012
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The Great Britain women's water polo team were stunned by Australia's early goals on Wednesday night and coach Szilveszter Fekete pinned the 16-3 defeat on their shocking start.
Fekete believes the side's confidence was knocked as they slumped to 6-1 down within the first 11 minutes.
He said: 'At the beginning of the game we lost two unlucky goals.
Reach: Chloe Wilcox jumps to block a shot
'I think if we had started the game better, the whole game would have been different. After that we lost the confidence.'
The scorer of two of Team GB's three goals, Chloe Wilcox, echoed her coach's view.
The 25-year-old from Carlisle said: “You've got to be in the game to win it, and we were never in the game.
'We needed to have picked up their pace from the start and tried to match them early on.
'It's psychological, and we've got to match them from the start and make sure they know that we're on them, and make them make mistakes.
Instructions: Great Britain coach Szilveszter Fekete sets out his orders
'We gave them the opportunity to look good, and it was our mistakes.'
Asked if the heavy scoreline was fair, Fekete said: “I think by the end it was.
'We kind of switched off in that second half, but going into the game we definitely weren't expecting that kind of result.
'Everyone really truly believed that we could come out of there with a win and it's just gutting to have performed like that, and on this big stage we really should have held it together better.'
Wilcox said the team performed poorly going forward.
Asked what let the team down, she said: “It's got to be our attack. You can go into those games and you can let teams like that score 10 or 12 goals against you, but you've got to be matching them with the goals.
Goal: Australia's Alicia McCormack is unable to stop a shot
'You can't go into games like this and not take the opportunities that you're given.'
The team play Italy in their next game on Friday. Fekete expects that to be a match in which the Britain team can be more competitive.
She said: 'Italy is a different team. It will be a different day. We know them, they know us. But I think it will be more easy to play against Italy than against Australia.'