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Off to a flyer!

Posted on 25 February 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen says it was great to see his Reserve side back in league action last night - and even better to see them re-start their campaign with a victory.

Off to a flyer!

Clive Allen says it was great to see his Reserve side back in league action last night - and even better to see them re-start their campaign with a victory.

It had been over two months since their previous Barclays Premier Reserve League South fixture before Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over West Ham at Bishop's Stortford.

And with nine games coming up over the next 10 weeks, coach Clive believes the result marks the start of the season-proper for his team.

"It's been a long time. The lads have been working very hard in their sessions without the chance to play competitive games where there are points at stake," he said.

"I thought we were a little bit rusty early on but it was certainly a good second half performance. The shape of the team was good, we looked solid and a threat on the counter-attack.

"I said to the lads there are different ways in which to win the game. We had to be solid and patient, but in the end the class come through and it was a good finish to what was really the first game of our season.

"We've had a two month break, which is far too long to go without a competitive game. But it's nice to be back and to kick off this year with a win."

Despite falling behind early on, a hat-trick from Adel Taarabt took the three points back to Spurs Lodge in a game Clive felt we dominated.

"It's always disappointing to concede, but when we did it kicked us into gear. We equalised, and towards the end of the half we looked in control of the game. They had some good periods of possession in the second half without really being a threat.

"Adel showed the touches of class we know he possesses and what we're looking for him to produce week in, week out."