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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 21 February 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen believes the failure to profit from early chances cost his reserve side dear in what turned out to be a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Clive Allen believes the failure to profit from early chances cost his reserve side dear in what turned out to be a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

The boys began brightly in the freezing temperatures at St Mary's and Charlie Lee, Calum Davenport and Johnnie Jackson all headed wide in the opening minutes. The game then became a little scrappy with little in the way of clear cut chances before the home side managed to find the net on 64 minutes with the goal that settled the evening's contest.

It resulted in an end to the team's nine match winning sequence, but we remain top of the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South going into next week's away fixture at Arsenal.

"It is disappointing because we started the game ever so well," reflected Clive after the game.

"Whereas in previous games we have taken an early chance, we didn't take our chances here and had three headed opportunities in the first ten minutes that came from good play.

"We didn't have that cutting edge in terms of finishing, which would have given us the chance to control the game. I am disappointed with the goal which came from poor defending - something we have not been guilty of for a long time.

"We have not experienced losing for a while and it is not a nice feeling, the lads are very down and it is a big test for them now in the way they respond in the next game against Arsenal.

"We did have a go, we created chances right to the very last minute when Charlie Daniels headed against the post. We had enough chances to win the game, we did not play badly, so we are very disappointed with the result."