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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 24 January 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen was naturally a contented coach after his reserve side recorded a seventh victory on the spin with a 4-0 win over Fulham on Tuesday evening.

Clive Allen was naturally a contented coach after his reserve side recorded a seventh victory on the spin with a 4-0 win over Fulham on Tuesday evening.

It was an impressive display from the boys in freezing conditions at Motspur Park and the outcome was never really in doubt from the moment Lee Barnard opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Goran Bunjevcevic and Kieran McKenna added further goals before Barnard notched a second five minutes from time, the build-up play prompting Clive to describe it as the goal of the match.

"I was pleased with the way we went about the game once we scored," reflected Clive afterwards. "We've had a couple of games now since the break and we talked about starting quickly - they certainly did - and the pleasing thing was we gave up very few chances.

"When we got the ball down and played as we can we carved out a number of very good chances. After half-time it was a case of playing in the same way, the change of play was very good at times and the final goal emphasised that quality.

"It was the best goal with some really excellent football."

Fulham's training ground on a bitterly cold night provided an unusual environment for a competitive encounter and Clive added that his group adapted well to the conditions.

"It is different and, after Carrow Road last week, it was another little test for the lads. I thought the senior boys who played were excellent and another pleasing thing for me was the example they set for the young ones.

"The spirit among the group is excellent at the moment, the confidence is showing and we have played some good football that warrants the results we have been getting."