England recover some pride

England recover some pride in Chiswick by beating off the Black Sticks with a 3-1 victory and a solid performance.

Lee said: “We did pretty well tonight. We were a bit low on confidence but it was a strong performance. We were addressing the appalling performance against Belgium and today shows that we’re a high quality team; it has just come a bit late in the tournament.  It’s obviously good in terms of European [Championships] preparation.”

After the previous nightmare England put in a gritty and professional performance to come out on top with two brilliantly worked open play goals and a rocket drag flick by Richard Mantell (17 mins).

Adam Dickson rounded off a sound match with a spectacular diving deflection (29 mins). A great way to celebrate his 50th cap.

Adam said, “It’s a monkey out of my back.  I can hardly remember when my last goal was. The ball came free, the goalkeeper came out and I just put it in with a diving effort.”  

Rob Moore found himself on the end of another well worked move to slot home England’s third (67 mins) and put the game out of reach of New Zealand.

England seemed like a different team from earlier in the week and credit must go to Jason Lee and the squad fior picking themselves up and turning out a world class performance. 

In the evening’s first match, between Belgium and Korea, it was the Koreans who sealed a place in Saturday’s London Cup Final with a confident 3-1 victory.  The Koreans went into the break 1-0 up courtesy of Kyu Yeob Jang and two second half goals from Hyo Sik You and tournament leading scorer Nam Yong Lee secured the points.  Belgium’s only goal came from Cedric Charlier as they were unable to overcome a strong Korean side, who fielded a kicking back for much of the second half having lost goalkeeper Myung Ho Lee to injury.

England now play Belgium on Saturday at 3p.m. and Korea vs New Zealand at 5p.m.