Commonwealth Games 2018: England women ‘devastated’ says Danson

PUBLISHED: 17:15 12 April 2018

England captain Alex Danson (pic Nigel French/PA)

England captain Alex Danson (pic Nigel French/PA)

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England captain Alex Danson admitted her team were devastated to have lost their semi-final to New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

After the match ended in a tense 0-0 draw, the Black Sticks won 2-1 on penalty shuffles to go through to the gold medal match.

England will have to regroup for the bronze medal play-off and Danson said: “We’re absolutely devastated, we played a fantastic game on the day and I’m so proud of how we came out and how we fought.

“Credit to New Zealand, they finished that shuffle off nicely, but we’re going to hold our heads up high and come out fighting for that bronze medal. And my goodness we can walk away proud of today’s game.

“We had some chances at goal, their keeper having a very good game. Of course, it’s something we will look at, we will review when we come back tomorrow, and there’s some work we can do, but you saw the fighting spirit we have in that team, I’m very, very proud of that team.

“It’s about all of us. It’s going to be an incredibly tough bronze medal match, but it’s about being professional and make sure we come out fighting for that last match.”

Olympic champion Danson won her 300th cap on the day and admitted it was a special feeling, adding: “I was hoping to celebrate it today with the team, I love this game, I love this sport and this is a wonderful place to play, and I’m very thankful.

“Sport is about how you think. People always think it’s about how you play and how you work, it’s more about how you feel.”

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