2014 Hockey World Cup: England close in on semi-final spot

Ashley Jackson in action for England

England's unbeaten men remain on course for the World Cup semi-finals thanks to a 2-0 victory over Malaysia.

England scored early with Mark Gleghorne's scooping reverse-stick effort getting the better of goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam in the fourth minute.

England dominated but failed to capitalise with Tom Carson twice denied from close range.

But with three minutes remaining, Ashley Jackson eased the nerves by converting from a set-piece.

Malaysia had their chances, with England goalkeeper George Pinner saving from a penalty corner moments before England doubled their advantage.

"I thought we played reasonably well in large periods of the game and created a hell of a lot of chances and we could have killed off the game earlier," said goalscorer Gleghorne.

"Defensively we are pretty sound and if we can continue that and take a few more chances we can hit our straps."

England, who have won two and drawn one match in the Netherlands, will face Australia on Saturday, 7 June in what is their penultimate Group match.

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