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First-class - Clive

Posted on 10 April 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen felt his reserve side's 3-0 win at Arsenal was right up there with the best away performances of recent seasons.

First-class - Clive

Clive Allen felt his reserve side's 3-0 win at Arsenal was right up there with the best away performances of recent seasons.

Free-kicks from Gilberto and Ryan Mason after 11 and 68 minutes respectively put the lads in the driving seat at 2-0 before Jake Livermore wrapped it up with the third goal 13 minutes from time at Barnet on Thursday night.

The result keeps alive hopes of catching leaders Aston Villa in the Southern Division of the Barclays Premier Reserve League.

But first the lads have to do it all again when the Gunners visit Leyton Orient on Tuesday night (April 14, 7pm).

Victory at Brisbane Road will put them five points behind Villa with three games left. Villa have two remaining and need to win both - against Fulham and West Brom - to put the title beyond reach. They can get to a maximum of 36 points, we can get to 34.

Development Coach Clive beamed: "I was absolutely delighted with how the lads attacked the game, the hard work, the closing down, the pressure we put Arsenal under and that resulted in us breaking the play up and on the counter we looked a real threat.

"There were periods where we controlled the game, we didn't give away too many opportunities and at set-pieces we were always a threat, we scored two free-kicks and got in numerous headers from corners.

"I said to the lads afterwards that we got exactly what we deserved and that doesn't always happen in football.

"We had that experience at the back where we showed a lot of class, great enthusiasm especially in the wide areas and we passed the ball fantastically well in periods, quick, swift passing that really caused Arsenal problems.

"We were convincing winners and it was a first-class display. It's our best away performance this season by a country mile - it was everything I ask for."