Muirhead's rink secure top spot with Denmark triumph

Muirhead's rink secure top spot with Denmark triumph
By Sportsbeat

23/11/2016 at 23:32Updated

Scotland skip Eve Muirhead has urged her troops to keep their foot on the accelerator after a 7-3 victory over Denmark ensured they will finish top of the pile in the round-robin phase of the European Championship in Braehead.

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Muirhead and her rink had already secured a semi-final spot but the convincing win over the Danes means they will rank as number one regardless of what happens in their final round-robin game against Russia on Thursday.

Scotland scored two in the first end and another two in the fifth to establish a 4-2 lead although Denmark narrowed the deficit to 4-3 in the eighth after a pair of blanked ends.

A beautiful tap-back by Muirhead in the ninth end then gave the Scots three shots and at 7-3 behind, the Danes promptly conceded – leaving the 26-year-old to reflect on a job well done.

"We went out there and wanted to get number one if we could, and that's exactly what we've done," said Muirhead.

"I'm pleased with the way the girls played and everything's coming together nicely – this is the stage where you want to do that.

"You've got to stay focussed because if you make any kind of mistake they'll jump on it. We just need to keep going strong for another few days, and not take our foot off the pedal at all.

"This is the important part of the week, so we need not to slacken off at all. We need to get as few more 'W's' and as long as you win your last one, you're good."

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