Post Semi-Final Reaction

Ashley Jackson and the team after their defeat against the Netherlands at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup - Photo by Ady Kerry

It was the Dutch who came out on top of the England v Netherlands World Cup Semi-Final after dominating territory in the first half and getting a breakthrough from a penalty corner via Mink van der Weerden. The English came back in a more even second half but the Netherlands were able to hold out for a 1-0 victory.

Here’s some post-match reaction after this huge match:

England’s Ashley Jackson: “We knew it was going to be tough, they’re a very talented side. We wanted to keep it as close as possible for as long as possible, and we had some late chances but it wasn’t meant to be.”

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley: “In the first half we worked hard and defended well but really we were under the kosh. The second half we played better but they’re a hell of a good team and we weren’t able to capitalise.

“We’ve got a lot of players who’ve never experienced anything like this and I’m proud of how they’ve worked and stuck in there. I couldn’t be prouder of this team”.

Goalkeeper George Pinner: “It’s a disappointing result. Barry was excellent defending on the line and that was the first goal we’ve conceded straight from a corner in two matches. They showed how good they are on the counter-attack today. Over the full 70 minutes we did well to restrict them and ultimately they did the same to us.”

Former England player Richard Mantell: “It’s so disappointing for them, but they’ll pick themselves up and put in a good performance fighting for that bronze medal on Sunday”

Netherlands goal-scorer Mink van der Weerden summed up his team’s thoughts after the game: “We’re really delighted with the win, it was a great team effort. We fought like hell in the second half and we also defended really well.”

England will next play Argentina or Australia at 1130 on Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports. The Netherlands go on to play the winner of the second semi-final which takes place later today.

Watch England on home turf at the Investec London Cup on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is the first tournament to be played at the brand new Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, hockey’s legacy stadium from the 2012 Games. The tournament will be held across five days from 9 – 13 July. Tickets are available from www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets