Hockey: England win World League Final opener against host nation India

Last Updated: 10/01/14 7:31pm

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LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Bobby Crutchley of Team GB Hockey pictured during the Team GB kitting out event at Loughborough University on July 11, 20

LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Bobby Crutchley of Team GB Hockey pictured during the Team GB kitting out event at Loughborough University on July 11, 20

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England enjoyed the perfect start to their World League Final campaign as a pair of goals from Adam Dixon secured a 2-0 victory over hosts India in Delhi.

The double from the Beeston midfielder means Bobby Crutchley's side go into Saturday's clash with Olympic and European champions Germany off the back of a positive result

"We were slightly inconsistent at times, but when we did string the passes together we looked threatening."
Bobby Crutchley

Dixon converted from a switch at a 28th-minute penalty corner to open the scoring, then made it 2-0 10 minutes later with another set-piece goal, this time being in the right place to flick home from close range.

India thought they had pulled one back from Rupinder Singh's penalty corner only for England to successfully appeal to the video umpire who ruled out the goal.

"I'm pleased with the result and think we deserved to take the three points,"said Crutchley.

"Neither side has had much match practice in the run-up to this tournament and I think that showed, but we certainly upped our performance in the second half.

"We were slightly inconsistent at times, but when we did string the passes together we looked threatening."

On the task of facing Germany, he added: "From our perspective we are looking to continue to build on this performance and there will be a few tweaks ahead of the game, but nothing too significant.

"The style of play means it will be a very different 70 minutes of hockey."

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