Goals from Tomas Pekhart and Jake Livermore put our young side - Clive started with seven Academy players - in the driving seat at Aldershot Town FC against a Royals side who finished the season with only three defeats in 18 matches.
However, as the rain hammered down, Reading hit back to level at 2-2 with quickfire goals after 78 and 82 minutes, the equaliser a spectacular drive into the corner from John Oster.
The home side could have won after that – they had a goal disallowed on a fractional offside call and missed a golden chance in injury time.
That would have been harsh on our lads though. “Reading started brightly, we possibly gave them too much respect and we couldn’t get hold of the ball but once we got going, I thought we showed real quality,” reflected Clive. “We fielded a young team and they showed in patches what they are capable of, which was fantastic.
“We had a 2-0 lead which I felt on the balance of play we deserved but the difference in the end was the little details and that’s what cost us.
“The lads are so disappointed they didn’t hold for a win against a good Reading side. For me, it was the experienced players who kept their side going and when it came to the crunch they had that bit of Premier League quality, not least the equaliser from John Oster.
“The lads should take a lot of heart from the display, they need to think about the game, the way they played, the quality they showed but at the same time, the little details and mistakes they have to cut out to be professional in terms of closing out the game.
“That’s what happens with young sides though and I’m really pleased about the performance, but equally frustrated about the result.”
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Clive Allen pointed to the 'little details' as the difference between winning and drawing our final reserve game of the season against Reading on Monday.