Already into the semi-finals, Neville’s Roses beat South Africa 58-47 to win their group and set up a semi-final with New Zealand on Saturday.
Afterwards, Neville said:
“It was about working on the things we wanted to accomplish quarter-by-quarter, that we actually didn’t quite nail last night (against Trinidad and Tobago) and we didn’t quite nail in the Jamaica game.
“Every day is a building day – we’ve not had long together with this squad so we have to utilise these match opportunities to really work on the strength of what we’re doing in our team.
“I think we did that tonight – I think we were very clinical in that first quarter, however South Africa are a world-class team, we’ve had some great battles against them and it was never going to be over until the last whistle. They kept pushing us to the end.”
Neville took the opportunity to make some changes to her line-up as the fourth quarter progressed, with captain Serena Guthrie and Jo Harten among those brought off court as the match entered its closing stages.
“We knew we were going to make changes at some point, it was just the stage at which we wanted to. We’re trying to manage workload, as we’re coming to the business end of the tournament. Even coming off for ten minutes reduces player load, so that’s absolutely crucial for us.”
England were again roared on by a passionate crowd inside the M&S Bank Arena, and Neville believes that the home support is becoming more and more of an asset as the tournament goes on.
“The crowd was absolutely amazing tonight, but for me they’ve been amazing all the way through this tournament. At first it was a bit intimidating, but now it’s an expectation – we want them to shout, and it’s becoming something that is driving us.”