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BOOST FOR TRIO

Posted on 15 March 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen welcomed a trio of positives on the club front as his title-chasing reserves beat Portsmouth on Monday.

Clive Allen welcomed a trio of positives on the club front as his title-chasing reserves beat Portsmouth on Monday.

Andy Reid completed the full 90 minutes and scored in the 2-0 victory in his first start since damaging his knee at Fulham in January.

Hossam Ghaly played 60 minutes in his first taste of Spurs action since joining from Feyenoord in January after recovering from a groin problem.

Dean Marney also made his first start following his lengthy rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles back in October, playing 60 minutes.

Stephen Kelly was also on target as the reserves completed a 12th win in 13 games to move 12 points clear on Monday night.

Clive reported: "Andy has had a problem with his knee that he's now over. He needed the full 90 minutes and he came through it well. You can see the fantastic touches he has and he will be all the better for the game.

"It was our first view of Hossam in action. He's worked particularly hard on getting himself fit and ready to play so the hour was very important to him.

"He showed some very nice touches, he has an athleticism about his game and he has a go. It was good to see him involved.

"I'm really pleased Dean is back. It was an horrendous injury and one you look at and worry how long it will take.

"You know Dean will work hard in terms of his rehabilitation and he did just that and I think psychologically playing that hour will be a big boost for him.

"He made a good contribution and it's great to see him back."