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CLIVE'S DELIGHT

Posted on 28 February 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen was full of praise for the application of his team following the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Barnet.

Clive Allen was full of praise for the application of his team following the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Barnet.

Andy Barcham and Simon Dawkins scored the goals that sealed a deserved win and, despite a late surge by the home side during which time they managed to reduce the deficit, the boys stood firm and moved seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South, having played a game more than Arsenal in second place.

"I am very, very pleased with the way the lads have played," said a mightily content Clive after the game. "It was as good as it gets in terms of a reserve team fixture - a big crowd and good atmosphere. I think we started in a good fashion, we carved out a number of chances and got ourselves deservedly in front.

"It was a game that could have swung either way, we knew we would come under a bit of pressure in the second half. The lads worked to their maximum, which is all you can ask for, and I think we deserved the result.

"We know they are a very good side, they are chasing us hard and we knew we had to put in a performance. I asked each and every one of them to do it, they had to give us their best on a night where we had to perform. I thought there were a lot of outstanding performances, 100 per cent effort from each and every one of them and I thought we got the result our evening's work deserved.

"I know we can get results like this if we play with the quality we possess and the good thing for me was our play in the final third.

"We got the ball into wide positions, got chances off our our crosses, took our goals really well and had a number of opportunities off set plays.

"The overall performance was as good as we've given this season.

"One thing I said before the game was that the job won't be done even if we win, draw or lose. What it will do it go a long way towards showing what we are and what we are about. I am pleased the lads have done that."