The taste of defeat is not a familiar one for this group of players, who last suffered a loss against Southampton away in February of last year.
"It certainly doesn't feel good and the lads are not happy with it - it was very disappointing to lose the game in the way that we did," reflected Clive afterwards. "We've been punished for a mistake, that is what happens when you are playing against a decent side and they were a young, energetic and technically good team.
"We gave them the opportunity to take the three points," added Clive, who reasoned that a period of competitive inactivity had an adverse effect on the performance of his team. Their last league outing was at Fulham on December 6.
"We've obviously been weakened by a few injuries, we've had the break through the Christmas period which led to a long lay-off in terms of match practice. Sometimes it is a little bit difficult to get back into the rhythm of things and we can underestimate that. We can train, but you need a rhythm and we didn't find that in the way we would have liked.
"Maybe that will just take a couple of games to come back. I can't fault their effort, but there is disappointment in the way that we played in that we didn't manage to produce what we are capable of."
Clive Allen could not fault the application of his reserve side even though the unbeaten run that stretched back nearly a year was ended by Chelsea at Stevenage on Monday evening.It was a close encounter at Broadhall Way that appeared likely to finished goalless until a defensive muddle with just seven minutes remaining allowed the visitors to snatch the points.