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Clive relishing battle with Jol

Posted on 5 November 2011  - 12:00

First team coach Clive Allen is looking forward to locking horns with a familiar face at Fulham on Sunday.

Clive relishing battle with Jol

First team coach Clive Allen is looking forward to locking horns with former colleague and current Fulham manager Martin Jol on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage.

Clive served as the reserve team manager during Jol's tenure at Spurs between 2004 and 2007 during an exciting period for the Club.

"I know that Martin's a fierce competitor, he certainly will want his side to get a good result on Sunday," said Clive.

"Hans Segers (goalkeeping coach) will be in the opposing dugout as well, I worked with Martin and Hans here for a number of years and really enjoyed that time. Martin is a fantastic coach, a very good manager and we know we're in for a very tough game."

The team has struggled at Craven Cottage over the last ten years but did manage to win 2-1 in last season's fixture, our first league victory over Fulham since 2002.

"It's always a very tight, intense atmosphere at Craven Cottage but we always get good support, we normally fill one stand in the stadium. I know the lads appreciate the support we've had away from home this year. We will need that on Sunday.

"I think that Fulham will rely on their home form this year in terms of where they finish in the Premier League. They're not particularly good travellers but at Craven Cottage they do pick up some outstanding results. We know how difficult it's going to be."

A win would improve our record to seven wins from eight games since losing to Manchester City in August and Clive is hoping we can continue to build momentum ahead of the international break.

"I think it's very, very important that we keep the run going. I think we've deserved the results we've achieved and some of the performances have been outstanding."