"Whenever you go into a medal game, you want to be stood on the podium at the end. Yes it's disappointing, yes we want to be in the final, but it's very important we went and got that bronze.
"We've got to do some hard work on the psychology stuff, just as we do on the weights and on the pitch, and it will come."
A quiet first half in pouring rain gave way to livelier hockey and sunshine after the break at the Warsteiner HockeyPark.
Munoz pounced for Spain when a penalty corner became trapped beneath England goalkeeper Beth Storry, but England's Danson - who had already hit the post - responded swiftly with a reverse-stick ball that Richardson may or may not have touched before it reached the net. Officials at the arena awarded the goal to Danson.
With time running out, Richardson delivered an exceptional reverse-stick blow through Spanish goalkeeper Maria Lopez de Eguilaz and into the roof of the net.
The result is some consolation after a desperate performance against the Netherlands on Thursday saw England fail at the semi-final stage yet again.
"It would be difficult to describe the emotions in the group on Friday," said coach Danny Kerry.
"The girls, in an ironic kind of way, went to some really good places yesterday in relation to the challenges they will face next year.
"I know coaches say that stuff a lot, but I can assure you yesterday was an incredibly tough day.
"I'd hate to think that day was wasted - if we don't learn from that then we don't deserve to move forward."
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