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CLIVE: WE DESERVED WIN

Posted on 4 October 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen was left in little doubt that his side were the deserved winners after the reserve derby against Arsenal finished goalless on Tuesday night.

Clive Allen was left in little doubt that his side were the deserved winners after the reserve derby against Arsenal finished goalless on Tuesday night.

The lads created the best of the chances and were denied by a combination of Arsenal’s goalkeepers - Vito Mannone in the first half, Wojciech Szczesny in the second - Gavin Hoyte’s header off the line to deny Tomas Pekhart and wayward finishing at Leyton Orient. Hoyte came to the rescue in injury time after Pekhart’s overhead kick left Szczesny stranded.

The result means we are still unbeaten after the opening four games of the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.

“It’s the story of the season so far,” reflected Clive, whose side could arguably have won all four games. “I thought our approach play was first class and the quality in creating the chances was excellent but we didn’t quite have the clinical edge in front of goal.

“I counted seven good chances but the keeper made a couple of good saves, we were off target with a couple and of course the one off the line at the end.

“We were committed to winning the game, which is what we’re looking for and we played in the right way against a quality Arsenal side who we couldn’t give an inch to otherwise they could have opened us up.

“I felt we were more than likely winners and I was pleased with the performance – it’s just touched with that frustration about not getting the goal and the win.”

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