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CLIVE - WE DESERVED WIN

Posted on 8 April 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen thought our reserves' second half display against Arsenal warranted maximum points rather than the one gained in Monday night's 1-1 draw at Barnet.

Clive Allen thought our reserves' second half display against Arsenal warranted maximum points rather than the one gained in Monday night's 1-1 draw at Barnet.

Tomas Pekhart fired us into an early lead but Arsenal responded via Armand Traore's screamer and had the upper hand in the first half.

That all changed after the break as we we attacked down the famous slope at Underhill.

A dominant half started with what looked like a valid penalty claim as Gavin Hoyte clipped Jacques Maghoma in the box, Pekhart was denied point-blank by Lucasz Fabianski and then saw his follow up cleared off the line, Fabianski also saved well from Simon Dawkins and Gilberto and Jake Livermore fired just wide.

"We took the initiative early in the second half and controlled the game," reflected development coach Clive at Underhill. "We dominated, got into good crossing positions and created lots of opportunities from that play. I was really pleased.

"I can't remember them having a clear-cut chance in the second half, Tommy Forecast was untroubled and defensively we looked solid.

"When we attacked we looked effective without scoring what I think would have been the winning goal had we managed to go in front.

"You have to respect Arsenal's ability and I thought we did that, the lads knew they had to work hard off the ball so they closed down, pressurised and even the best players find it difficult to play under pressure. Our workrate in that respect was excellent.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the performance and a little disappointed we didn't go on to win the game."

The draw makes it five games without defeat - three wins, two draws - in the Barclays Reserve League South.