Andy Barcham and Jamie O'Hara put us 2-0 up at half-time but the second half was a different story as the home side piled forward and pulled a goal back through Pierre Joseph-Dubois.
It needed Barcham's second goal to settle it at 3-1 - or so we thought, as Joseph-Dubios netted again for 3-2 and Jon-Paul Pittman wasted a golden chance to equalise in injury time.
"They put us under pressure, worked very hard and made it difficult for us," reflected Clive. "It was a situation some of the younger lads might not have found themselves in before and the type of game we were looking for before the start of our reserve league campaign next week.
"It must have been entertaining for the spectators but a difficult one to play in and that's what I was looking for.
"We were 2-0 up at half-time and I wanted us to come in at full-time without conceding a goal, so it was disappointing when we came under pressure that we found it difficult to play in the same manner as we played in the first half.
"It was a good lesson and the game we were looking for, Crawley were looking to test us and that's what they did. It was a tough game and provided a lot of the problems that we need to address."
Our reserves kick-off their league season against Derby County at Pride Park next Wednesday, August 29, 7pm.
Clive Allen felt Crawley Town provided the perfect test for his Spurs XI side in Tuesday night's friendly.Cruising at the break, the lads came under pressure from the Blue Square Premier team in the second half before running out 3-2 winners.