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Mixed feelings

Posted on 5 August 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen was left to ponder both sides of the footballing coin after our Spurs XI turned around a 2-0 deficit to beat Rushden and Diamonds 4-2 on Monday night.

Mixed feelings

Clive Allen was left to ponder both sides of the footballing coin after our Spurs XI turned around a 2-0 deficit to beat Rushden and Diamonds 4-2 on Monday night.

The start left our Development coach fuming as we conceded two goals inside the opening five minutes and simply didn't look at the races as a defensive unit for the first half-hour at Nene Park.

However, in the attacking third, we looked bright and having responded within a minute of going 2-0 down, managed to recover for a 3-2 lead at half-time against the Blue Square Premier side.

Tomas Pekhart bagged two of those goals - the third an own goal - and the young Czech striker hammered home his hat-trick six minutes into the second half to put us in a more comfortable position.

"At the start, basically, we were appalling," said Clive. "We were all over the place defensively and paid the price for failing to deal with what we knew they would throw at us.

"But you have to give the lads credit because three phases of excellent attacking play brought us back into the game and eventually into the lead at half-time. I was delighted with that aspect of our play.

"In the second half we were much better, the fourth goal was the best of the night and exactly what we're all about - movement, slick passing, cross and finish.

"We made it difficult for ourselves but at the same time, there is a confidence from the players in each other's ability and what they are capable of. What we have to realise though is that the higher we go the better teams we play won't let us back into games like this."

So what would Clive be thinking about most on his way home - the start and goals conceded or the comeback? "The goals we conceded, definitely," he insisted. "I know we're capable of the good football but I don't like to see the play that caused us the problems in the first place. That's what we have to address and put right."

Spurs XI v Rushden