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Posted on 22 March 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen found the perfect way to describe last night's 2-0 reserve win against Leicester City.

Clive Allen found the perfect way to describe last night's 2-0 reserve win against Leicester City.

"It was what I would call a 'good bad one' - a good result but not the best of performances," said coach Clive, who was nevertheless delighted with a 13th win in the last 14 games as we continued our march towards the Barclays Reserve League South title.

It certainly wasn't pretty at Hinckley United's new Marston Stadium. Leicester scrapped away and the combination of their unrelenting work rate and a drying playing surface made it difficult for us to stamp any continued authority on the game.

However, victory never really looked in doubt once Andy Reid drilled home a half-volley for the opening goal just before half-time. Joe Hamill struck the woodwork seconds later but although the Foxes probed away, Radek Cerny was never seriously threatened again.

Lee Barnard had uncharacteristically let a couple of chance slip but the league's top scorer was there again when it mattered to volley home three minutes from time for his 19th goal of the campaign.

Clive added: "We knew as soon as we walked out on the pitch we knew it was going to be difficult, they made it exactly that and two moments of quality won us the game.

"We didn't show enough quality for long periods of the game and that meant it was a battle and you have to give Leicester credit for that.

"They had a go and made it very fast and furious at times, we couldn't control the game in the way we would like to but when we were able to show that little extra quality, we made it count.

"It was ugly and at times not pretty to watch. There have been periods this season where we've played some excellent football but it wasn't the night for that.

"It didn't happen for us in that way but I'm delighted with the result and the lads showed a side to the game you need to have if you want to go on and win league titles."