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DERBY NIGHT

Posted on 27 February 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen is looking forward to the prospect of the reserve derby against Arsenal at Barnet tonight, kick-off 7pm.

Clive Allen is looking forward to the prospect of the reserve derby against Arsenal at Barnet tonight, kick-off 7pm.

It is a clash of the top two in the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South, with us sitting four points clear at the top having played a game more.

"It is always a night with a little bit of an edge, that is for sure," said Clive this morning. "We've had some fantastic games against them since my involvement back at the club and it is a game we all look forward to.

"You know it is a game of quality, you have to be at your best and that will be the case this evening.

"There will be an atmosphere, both teams are going well and are good sides. We have a great respect for each other and that has always been the case. You know what you are going into, you know how important it is for both sets of supporters, the clubs and the players," added Clive who says his group have not undertaken any hill running in preparation for playing on the famous Barnet slope.

"No, no! What you do know at Barnet is that it will be a good surface, if you get the ball down and play it is a good top to play decent football on. Hopefully that will be the case this evening."

Meanwhile, Clive says his team have looked back at last week's single goal defeat to Southampton, with attention very much directed towards tonight's assignment.

"Absolutely, we've looked at it, talked about it and were very disappointed. It was a game we could have won and a game we should have won with the chances we created.

"We have to keep our focus on what we are doing and next is tonight. We are up against tough opposition and we must approach it in the right way ourselves. I've no doubt we will."

Notice to Spurs fans attending Underhill for the reserve fixture against Arsenal tonight: The entrance will be through Westcombe Drive at the front of the Ground, Stewards will direct you on arrival.