England Go Down to Quick Starting Germans at Champions Trophy

A slow start and a devastating ten minute period just before half time in which Germany showed their class with three penalty corner goals sent England to a 4-2 defeat in the opening match of the 2010 ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy in Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Ashley Jackson scores a penalty corner for England against Germany at the 2010 ABN AMRO Champions Trophy (c) www.hockeyimages.co.ukEngland rallied in the second half as they took the game to the Germans and two penalty corner goals from World Young Player of the Year Ashley Jackson reduced the 4-0 half time deficit to 4-2.   England had further chances to reduce the gap but Germany held out.

Afterwards, Team Manager Peter Nicholson said England were happier with their second half performance after a slow start: “We obviously had a very slow start,” he said.  “We weren’t up with the intensity of the game in the first 20 minutes and that put us on the back foot.  We made individual errors in the first half, turning the ball over and putting ourselves under a bit of pressure.

“In the second half we played much more like we can.  We built good momentum and actually missed a couple of good opportunities to score but it was always going to be difficult to pull the goals back.”

England’s second match is against Spain on Sunday at 16:00 BST (17:00 local time).  The Spanish open their campaign against the Netherlands later on Saturday afternoon.

Read the full match report in the International fixtures and results pages at www.englandhockey.co.uk/menschampionstrophy

Visit the official FIH tournament website here.

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