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CLIVE HAPPY AFTER REDS TEST

Posted on 18 December 2007  - 12:00

You'll rarely get a smile out of Clive Allen after a defeat but that was the case after Liverpool edged Monday night's friendly at Leyton Orient.

You'll rarely get a smile out of Clive Allen after a defeat but that was the case after Liverpool edged Monday night's friendly at Leyton Orient.

Tomas Pekhart's penalty after Danny Rose was fouled in the first half looked like being enough for our lads in a competitive encounter where Liverpool had created chances but failed to test either Tommy Forecast in the first half or David Button in the second.

Indeed, it took until the 75th minute for Button to make a save but the Reds applied more and more pressure and it finally told with two goals in as many minutes to turn the game around in their favour - the equaliser after 83 minutes, the winner in the 85th.

"It was everything we want from a game," reflected Clive afterwards. "It wasn't played like a friendly, it was a highly-competitive game against quality opposition and a great test for our lads.

"It was evenly matched age-wise and we faced a Liverpool team that played in the true traditions of the club.

"I thought Liverpool had their best opportunities in the first half, we defended better in the second half and we've obviously got to learn to maintain concentration right the way through to the end. At 1-0, a game is never won and when you give a side like Liverpool opportunities like we did late on, they will punish you for it and that's exactly what happened.

"Overall though I thought it was a fantastic exercise, especially for the Academy boys stepping up to play a highly-competitive reserve team fixture."

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