As Sean Davis marched through his first 90-minute stint since October, we hit the woodwork three times, dominated the second half and missed numerous clear-cut chances before Lee Barnard slotted home from the spot to make it 1-1 five minutes from time.
A point was the least we deserved against the league leaders - who included the likes of Chris Perry, Mark Fish, Jason Euell, Jonatan Johansson and Francis Jeffers - but it wasn't to be as Lloyd Sam whipped the ball in from the left in the last minute, it deflected off Barnard's head and looped into the far corner.
"I thought it was one of our best performances of the season against a team who I believe will go on to win the league," said Clive.
"They were strong, we also had a good side out and the game was played in the right way.
"I said to the boys at the end 'excellent, we deserved something out of that' because we should have been in front, we've hit good shots, hit the woodwork, kept going and picked it up even more in the second half.
"Their boss Glyn Snodin even said to me afterwards that we were excellent.
"We didn't get what we deserved, but that's the game. It's all about learning and players understanding that sometimes, things don't work out however well you play."
You could excuse Clive Allen for the somewhat bewildered look after our reserves lost at Charlton on Monday night.