London 2012 LATEST: A medal is within our grasp - Middleton

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TEAM GB men’s hockey side can end 24 years of hurt at London 2012, according to Barry Middleton.

Middleton is back in action on Friday afternoon against Pakistan following a 4-1 win over Argentina and 2-2 draw with South Africa.

He was instrumental in a fifth-place finish in Beijing four years ago, GB’s best result in an Olympics since winning gold in Seoul 1988.

Since then the former Doncaster Hockey Club ace has witnessed dramatic improvements in the side, having been part of their rise from 11th in the world rankings in 2005, to their current position of fourth heading into the Games. And the East Grinstead star is convinced they will have even more success this summer.

“I think we can win a medal,” said Middleton

“We have a belief and a confidence in the squad which is a nice feeling to have in the group.

“It would be nice to see Team GB win a medal in hockey again.

“It has been a long time and I think we’ve had a few Olympics where a medal hasn’t even looked like coming either.

“We’ve trained really hard. We believe that if we play to our ability we have a chance to make it to the semi-finals.

“Anything can happen from there, but first and foremost playing our way into the semi-finals is the aim.”

With two Olympics already under his belt, Middleton is the most capped player in the squad with more than 250 international appearances under his belt.

He is also set to play his 100th match for Great Britain during the summer’s Games.