Battling win for men's curlers

Blackpool Citizen: David Murdoch's team edged out Germany 7-6 in Sochi David Murdoch's team edged out Germany 7-6 in Sochi

Great Britain men's curling team had to come from behind three times to beat Germany 7-6 in their third round-robin fixture of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

David Murdoch's rink of Scots had begun the competition at the Ice Cube Curling Center on Monday by beating hosts Russia 7-4 in the morning, but they came undone in their second match against Sweden, who triumphed 8-4.

Germany also proved to be difficult opponents, responding to the loss of a point in the first end to forge 3-1 ahead, but Great Britain dug deep into their reservoirs of experience before Murdoch's side eventually clinched the game in an absorbing 10th and final end.

It was a nervy end to the game for Team GB's men, but Murdoch is hoping his rink will start to build momentum.

However, he also knows his side have to be on their mettle from the first end of games.

"We are obviously pretty pumped up after winning," said Murdoch, featuring at his third Games.

"We spoke after the game and we were saying how we need to have that attitude for the rest of the games.

"We can't have a lackadaisical start. We need to come out firing a lot quicker.

"We really have to be a lot more pumped going into the first few ends and get on top of teams

"It was certainly a game of two halves. We had a terrible first half.

"The coach had a good talk to us about believing in ourselves and playing the way we can and I think we did that.

"We forced a lot more pressure on those guys and made them play some tough shots."

Murdoch explained just how easily his side could have come a cropper against a team who had to qualify for the Games.

"We didn't set up as well as we like to and we were caught out a couple of times," he said.

"We went for a couple of glory shots but we missed both of them by half an inch, which is hard to take but that is curling at times, it can see-saw.

"But we knew if we played well in the second half of the match we could get into it.

"From what I can see every team is pretty much at the top of their game, there are a lot of close scores.

"These Germany guys know what they are doing. They obviously did well to qualify to get here.

"They will certainly pick up some wins throughout the week."

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