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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 1 December 2005  - 12:00

Clive Allen was naturally satisfied after watching his reserve team make it ten goals in three games with a 3-0 win away to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

Clive Allen was naturally satisfied after watching his reserve team make it ten goals in three games with a 3-0 win away to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

Lee Barnard also increased his tally to 10 for the season, while Grzegorz Rasiak scored his first goal for the club at Havant & Waterlooville on an evening that descended from chilly to freezing as the game progressed.

"I thought it would be a difficult game because they are a young and energetic team," reflected the Development Coach. "Fortunately the surface was good in the early stages of the game and it suited us with passing the ball quickly, which we did. Once we got in front we controlled the game really from that period.

"In the second half, as the conditions deteriorated and the pitch was turning icy, it hindered us and it became such a fast pitch.

While we got into positions to create chances we didn't create the clear cut opportunities our play warranted

With having a number of experienced players in the line-up against a young Pompey team, Clive uses an unlikely defeat earlier this month to make sure the boys apply themselves to the task in hand.

"You have to the basic things well and the only reminder we need to to think back to the Leicester game. We knew if we did it right we would get the result.

"The senior boys have all come through well - Wayne, Anthony and Sean all played full games. It has been a pleasing evening."