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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 6 March 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen was pleased with the second half reaction of his reserve side after they fell behind against a powerful Watford team on Monday evening.

Clive Allen was pleased with the second half reaction of his reserve side after they fell behind against a powerful Watford team on Monday evening.A Watford side featuring eight players with Premiership experience took the lead seven minutes before half-time but, despite mounting pressure in the second period, the boys were unable to find an equaliser.

"I thought it was a rugged, unattractive football match in which we found it difficult physically because they are a strong and powerful side," said Clive afterwards. "It took us a long time to get the ball down and play in the way that we can so from that point of view it was disappointing.

"I thought the effort was fantastic in the second half, we threatened and were the most likely scorers in the latter part of the game. I was pleased with the response of the boys, this season with a young group we have had some games where we have come up against much more experienced opposition and I think it is very good for their development."

Finding the net has been a problem this season due to Clive having to shuffle his pack in order to compensate for the absence of his proven goalscorers.

"It is a very difficult situation we find ourselves in," added the Development Coach. "We've got a number of players with long-term injuries, in particular Lee Barnard and Simon Dawkins, who are the front options we would have to play alongside Andy Barcham.

"It is hard for Andy, he is finding it tough going as he is putting a lot of effort in without much reward at the moment. It must be frustrating for him, but there aren't very many options at present."


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