Glasgow 2014: Stuart Pearce example inspires Adam Dixon

Stuart Pearce (left) Adam Dixon (right)
Stuart Peace's successful penalty at Euro 96 (left) provided English football with one of its most enduring images

England hockey star Adam Dixon says he wants to follow Stuart Pearce's example as he faces the prospect of another Commonwealth Games penalty shootout.

Dixon missed his penalty against New Zealand as England were denied a bronze medal in Delhi four years ago.

"He put it behind him. I have to get on with it and bury the demons," he said.

The 27-year-old is a fan of Nottingham Forest, where Pearce established himself as a club legend as a player, with the former England full-back now returning to the City Ground as a manger.

"I look to one of my sporting greats Stuart Peace and take a lot inspiration from him and how he approached sport," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"I've just practised penalties and whenever I've had an opportunity to do so, I've put myself in the frame - that is my way of dealing with it.

"It was up there with the biggest sporting disappointments that I've had to face. It was absolutely gutting, and to be so close to a medal made it even worse."

Dixon, who helped Beeston defend their English title with a successful penalty in their final shootout against East Grinstead, also said the England team have enlisted help to prepare mentally for shootouts.

"Just like the footballers we have put a lot of time into penalties now," said Dixon.

"We have the advantage of having psychologist who has worked and looked a lot into the psychology of penalties."