Hockey: Middleton’s England cruise past Malaysia in Commonwealth Games

Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe

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An emphatic second half performance from England men’s hockey saw Barry Middleton’s side thump Malaysia 8-1 to see them top of their pool in the Commonwealth Games.

Four from Ashley Jackson and goals from Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Phil Roper and Alastair Brogdon saw England cruise to the top of Pool B despite Muhammad Shahril Saabah’s goal which made it 1-1 at half time.

Bessacarr-born Middleton, England’s skipper, said: “It was good, especially the second half.

“It was good how we reacted to being 1-1 at half-time.

“There were probably a few people thinking we hadn’t played to our best there but actually the way we stayed calm and just trusted how we can play and came out and showed it in the second half.

“We know we are not going to play brilliant hockey for the whole 70 minutes of all six games but we know we can play like that when we trust in ourselves.”

England next face New Zealand on Tuesday, 9am.