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CLIVE DRAWS COMFORT

Posted on 14 November 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen reflected on another beneficial training ground friendly against Ipswich Town after Tuesday's 1-1 draw at the Lodge.

Clive Allen reflected on another beneficial training ground friendly against Ipswich Town after Tuesday's 1-1 draw at the Lodge.

Ipswich fielded six players with first team experience including the likes of Dean Bowditch, Gavin Williams and Shane Supple and took the lead on the hour.

Danny Rose netted from David Hutton's through ball for the equaliser and we could have won it when youngster Dean Parrett hit the crossbar two minutes from time.

"We've had a number of games against Ipswich now and they've always been competitive, played in the right way and worthwhile experiences," said development coach Clive.

"Ipswich always bring what I consider a strong team in terms of experience, even though they are young players, they are young players with Football League experience and it's a good measure for our boys to play against them.

"A number of their players have played in the Championship and that's a good benchmark for us.

"There were one or two things we needed to put right in the second half and we did that, we defended resolutely when we had to and came from a goal behind to draw. We got out of the game exactly what we were looking for and it was a good exercise for us."