Dixon reveals his overriding emotion after securing a spot at Tokyo

Adam Dixon celebrates qualifying for Tokyo 2020

GB men's captain Adam Dixon was left with an overriding sense of relief after helping put his team on the plane to Tokyo 2020.

His side won their two games 4-1 and 5-2, and the result was never truly in doubt once they overcame an early 1-0 deficit in the first match.

Dixon said, "I’m not going to lie, it’s a massive sense of relief. There was a lot of pressure on these two games. We knew that pressure and nerves would come into it, so we tried to tackle it head on and channel it. Nerves are only a human emotion, we took it on the chin and put two good performances in this weekend. To wrap it up with a ticket to Tokyo makes it even sweeter.

"We got off to a flyer but I never really felt totally confident until Aldo scored that final penalty stroke with four minutes to go, only then did I think that we’d got it in the bag!

"Malaysia kept on coming and we knew that would be the case. I think we dug deep defensively, we just had to make sure we didn’t make any silly errors and in large parts that’s exactly what we did.

"Scoring nine goals is the icing on the cake. We’re lucky that we do have some real talent in that forward line with an eye for goal, so we just play to our strengths, that’s certainly a massive part of it but it’s been a great team effort this weekend.

"Now I’m really excited about what's ahead. There’s still loads of hard work to do to catch up with the top teams in the world but after a little break now we’ll regroup and will be back to business looking forward to the FIH Pro League again.

"We need to make sure that winning becomes a bit of a habit, I want this team to enjoy moments like this, winning games off the back of good team performances and if we can build momentum like this over the next eight months then that would be really good."