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NO HIGH FIVES FROM CLIVE

Posted on 17 January 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen was delighted with Monday night's 5-0 reserve win at Norwich - although he admitted he wasn't exactly jumping for joy at half-time.

Clive Allen was delighted with Monday night's 5-0 reserve win at Norwich - although he admitted he wasn't exactly jumping for joy at half-time.

Clinical finishing was the key as Calum Davenport's header and Grzegorz Rasiak's spectacular overhead kick put us 2-0 up at the break at Carrow Road. Lee Barnard's double at the start of the second half put the issue beyond doubt and Simon Dawkins opened his reserve account to complete the scoring.

However, the home side had their chances in the first half as Clive's men struggled to find their feet collectively after a month without a competitive fixture.

Clive's frustrations were both visible and audible in that opening 45 minutes. "I wasn't happy at all with that first half," he explained afterwards. "We were 2-0 up at half-time but I wasn't pleased with the performance.

"I thought we looked rusty and you could see that however much training you do or practice matches you have it doesn't reach the competitive edge of match play.

"I said to the lads at half-time that we needed to do a lot better. I felt we couldn't afford to make any mistakes because we would let Norwich back into it - they were an enthusiastic side and would cause us problems if we allowed them to.

"I've got to say, to the lads credit, the second half was much better - we were more controlled and the goals we scored were exceptional.

"Those goals were a result of better play in terms of the way we passed and moved the ball.

"Overall I was delighted with the result. We've returned to action, won again and the confidence is high in the group. We all know we have to play better though."