Jackson scores four in 8-1 win for England

Jackson ENG v MAS CWG

A blistering second half performance from England's men against Malaysia, including a masterclass in drag-flicking from Ashley Jackson, put England top of their pool on a rainy Sunday night in Glasgow.

MALAYSIA 1 (1)
Muhammad Shahril Saabah 26 (PC)

ENGLAND 8 (1)
Ashley Jackson 5, 44, 56, 61 (PC, PC, PC, PC)
Adam Dixon 50 (FG)
Mark Gleghorne 64 (FG)
Phil Roper 68 (FG)
Alastair Brogdon 69 (FG)

In their second Pool B game England's men faced Malaysia, a team ranked seven places below them in the world rankings, but one that has caused them plenty of trouble in the past, including defeating England to take bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The first half was a tight affair with a goal for each side.  Ashley Jackson opened the scoring in sensational style with a drag-flick from a penalty corner in the fifth minute; it was his 101st international goal. But Malaysia hit back with nine minutes left before the break to bring the score to 1-1.

As the rain came down on the Glasgow National Hockey Centre England turned on the style with seven more goals across the second 35 minutes. Jackson found the target three more times from penalty corners, toying with Malaysia’s defence in a master class of drag-flicking. Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Phil Roper, and Alastair Brogdon all added a goal apiece to round off a strong England performance.

The result leaves England top of Pool B after two games, ahead of New Zealand on goal difference, who they face on Tuesday morning at 0900.

Barry Middleton, Hockey, captain commented: "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."

Head Coach Bobby Crutchley talked about his side's second half performance:
"When you play with a good intensity and you can manage to dominate teams in possession, the goals often come towards the end when they have had to chase it for so long. Although it was tight in the first half I thought we did what we meant to do – shift the ball quickly, good hard leading, diligent in defence and keeping our shape – and that was really the message at half time. Don’t get worried about the scoreline, just worry about doing the job properly and I thought second half we did that."

On facing New Zealand next, Crutchley added:
"They have got a wealth of experience and they possess guys who have got potential in attack so they score goals against the best teams in the world. What we have to do is obviously concentrate and make sure that we nullify them as much as we can but also continue to actually put them on the back foot a bit. We always have close games against them pretty much and I don’t expect anything different."

Watch highlights and live coverage of England matches on the BBC's Commonwealth Games hockey page.