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England labour to win over Malaysia

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England scored their second goal just three minutes from time despite dominating proceedings © PA Photos
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England's men remain on course for the semi-finals of the World Cup after a nervy 2-0 win over Malaysia.

Mark Gleghorne scored after just four minutes, finishing fine approach work from Ashley Jackson and Barry Middleton with a reverse-stick past goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam.

But despite dominating proceedings, it wasn't until Martin converted a set piece three minutes from time that England truly put the result beyond doubt.

"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," Gleghorne told reporters.

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

Tom Carson was denied twice at close range by Subramiam in the first half before Middleton guided Jackson's pass through the goalkeeper's legs and just wide after the break.

Alistair Brogdon tested Subramiam's helmet later on, but England were indebted to goalkeeper George Pinner, who saved a Malaysian penalty corner late in the second half from which England counterattacked to win the set-piece that settled the match.

England face Australia in their penultimate Group A match on Saturday.

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