Development coach Clive was naturally delighted as we capitalised on a sending off to go 4-0 up at half-time at Nuneaton Borough.
However, the disappointment followed with a patchy second half display that saw the 10 men give as good as they got and the lads only add one more goal two minutes from time.
That was Lee Barnard's hat-trick goal with further strikes on the night from Eddie Silva Sousa and a spectacular effort from Mark Yeates.
"It was an amazing first half," said Clive. "There was some excellent crossing, some good finishing and it was quality play.
"It's fair to say that the game turned on the sending off but it was a case of making the extra man count and we did that until half-time.
"It was work we do day in, day, out, quality crosses and people getting in the box on the end of it and pressure in the final third. We got our rewards because of that.
"I had plenty of words at half-time to say that there were goals to be had but we had to go about things in in the right way.
"We could have scored more, I would have liked to have scored more but we didn't do it in the second half and therefore came in a little disappointed.
"I told them it was a good result but we needed to carry it through the game. I'll be honest, I hoped we would go home with a more emphatic victory."
I know it was controversial. I didn't actually see was Spase did. I'm sounding a bit like Arsene Wenger there but I turned away and the next thing I saw the right-back from Coventry was sent off because he struck Spase. I can understand the sending off fromn that point of view but you don't like to see it in reserve games because it unbalanced the game. But it's all part of the lads' education and they have to make it count. WQe did it for the rest of the first half but didn't make it count in the way I would have liked in the second half. I had words with Spase afterwards, asked what had happened, he was honest with me and told me what happened and I told him that in another situation he could well have got sent off. He understood that. He knew and I'm sure he'll learn from that.
Clive Allen was happy it was a case of deja-vu as he talked about Lee Barnard after his hat-trick in Wednesday night's 5-0 win against Coventry City.
Turn the clock back almost a month and our development coach was talking about Lee after his two goals at Leicester City.
'Barney' went one better against the Sky Blues and Clive remains delighted with the young striker's improvement.
"He's hungry for goals, he's working hard and I think his finishing is improving," said Clive. "He has a desire to score, he's getting in the right positions and when he's getting in those positions, he's taking his oppportunities.
"Things are progressing nicely for him. He knew there was an opportunity for goals against Coventry and he went out and took his chances. He's doing the right things and it's all good for him."
We've talked about him a lot. We identified that there were too many times that he wasn't in psoitions to score. Now he's getting more opportunitiers whgich as a goalscorer you want and because of that he's got confidence and a hunge rot keep getting in there. When we create chances like that and gets oin the end of them it breeds the right habits. He's playinbg wioth confident, improved his all-round game and now has to foicus on what he's doing well to continue scoring teh goals.
Clive Allen admitted there was a tinge of disappointment despite our reserves' 5-0 win against Coventry City last night.