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Reserve reaction

Posted on 31 March 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Clive Allen described himself as disappointed with the application of his team in the reserve defeat to Ipswich on Wednesday evening.

A 39th minute goal for the home side settled the encounter and it is proving to be a frustrating period for the Development Coach with his team now seeking a first win in five.

"Very much so, as I've said before when we've had performances like this, you do learn a lot about individuals and that was the case again here," said Clive after the game. "It was a game in which we started slowly and never got to grips with a young, enthusiastic Ipswich side.

"We had the advantage from an age and experience point of view, but it was a case of not being able to control the game. We were on the end of a defeat and the overall contribution of the team was very disappointing.

"The way we started set the pattern for it, as I said to the boys at half-time. It was better in the second half but nowhere near the standards I know they are capable of.

"They worked very hard to keep their shape and we weren't able to disrupt that. It is something I know we are capable of doing and we need a lot more effort in terms of running off the ball to create space to play into."

Ipswich started with seven players who are likely to be taking on our under-18 side in next Friday's FA Youth Cup semi-final, first leg - a fact that was not lost on Clive.

"The effort and endeavour of Ipswich was first class and we got a little insight into what our Youth team are going to face in the semi-final next week. They are going to have a very, very tough game and I will report back to Patsy Holland with a few pointers.

"I would certainly hope the youth team play better than the reserves have tonight."