Townsend: We are progressing with each game

Townsend World Cup
England midfielder Susannah Townsend says the squad will head into their final Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup with Ireland with confidence.

The hosts were left frustrated on Wednesday night as they were held to a second consecutive 1-1 draw which leaves England with work to do to progress to the knockout stages.

However Townsend is remaining upbeat and believes the performances are improving as the tournament goes on.

Townsend said: “The game today was a step up to the India game. Both teams had their chances to put the game away, but I think we dominated and put in a real fight. 

“They came out like they always do with a lot of pace and they were in our faces and that is pretty tough to play against but at the same time I thought we dealt with it a lot better than we did on Saturday and played closer and more connected to each other. 

“Personally I think we should have come away with the win with the way we played, but it didn’t happen.”

There were clear points of improvement for Townsend who was proud of the overall performance of the team.

She added: “We were a lot more composed, we didn’t make as many errors on the ball and I thought we were a lot more compact in defence. 

“If you look at our first quarter we were probably a bit shady but after that I think we stepped up and especially in front of a crowd like this, I feel we put in a performance to be proud of.”

Looking ahead to the final pool match with Ireland, Townsend said: “We played Ireland a couple of weeks ago, we know how they play but it’s a must win game now and we’re aware of that. We will go into it very confident because we’re progressing with each game.”

You can watch the match live on BT Sport on Sunday from 7pm and listen to live commentary on the BBC Sport website and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra.