Hockey: Middleton not fazed by Australia test in Commonwealths

Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe
Barry Middleton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Barry Middleton says England will have the belief to beat number one ranked side Australia in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games.

England secured their knockout spot with the defending Commonwealth champions following a comfortable 3-1 win over Canada on Thursday.

Bessacarr-born Middleton’s goal was sandwiched inbetween Ashley Jackson’s brace for England, cancelling out Scott Tupper’s 68th minute strike for Canada.

That means skipper Middleton will lead his side out against Australia for tomorrow’s semi-final match, which starts from 10am.

Following their Thursday morning win, Middleton said: “It felt like it was comfortable the whole way through and we just kept on playing our game.

“We wanted to put out a performance that took our momentum into the semi-finals.

“It should be fun (playing against Australia), that’s who you want to play in big tournaments. We’ve set our stall out over the last few years that we want to be in the big games and be in semi-finals.

“We are consistently making semi-finals with this group of players but we will go out there, give as good as we get and we have belief in the team that we can beat anyone on our day.”