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LATE GOALS DELIGHT CLIVE

Posted on 1 April 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen was left in no doubt that our reserves deserved to overcome Fulham after a late, late, late show at Leyton Orient on Monday night.

Clive Allen was left in no doubt that our reserves deserved to overcome Fulham after a late, late, late show at Leyton Orient on Monday night.

With 80 minutes on the clock it looked like it might be one of those nights where you are left wondering not just how a point got away, but all three.

Clive's team trailed 1-0 at the time to Jari Litmanen's first half penalty - even the spot-kick award looked somewhat harsh - and had seen chances come and go.

However, Danny Rose scissor-kicked us level from David Hutton's fine cross in the 81st minute and Adel Taarabt's individual effort, a run and shot from 18 yards, won it two minutes into injury time. There was still time left for Simon Dawkins to put the icing on the cake with the third goal to make four matches unbeaten including three wins.

"We deserved it," insisted Clive afterwards. "The way the game unfolded it was always a question of whether or not we could convert a chance and make the breakthrough.

"I thought the second half was all about what we're all about in the way we pressured the ball, hurried Fulham and make it difficult for them and then in possession, our forward play was incisive, we moved the ball quickly and created chances.

"It was a matter of keeping the pressure on, maintaining the confidence and belief that we could get back into the game and once we equalised I always felt we could go on and win the game."

Clive had praise for second half substitutes Troy Archibald-Henville, Takura Mtandari and Hutton, who set up the crucial equaliser.

"We talked at great length with the squad about substitutes and how they can come on and make an impact, just as we've seen with the first team," added Clive. "We saw that with Troy on at half-time, Takura and then David Hutton, his first touch was a wonderful cross to set up the equalising goal. Substitutes can always come on and make that impact."