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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 31 October 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen could not fault the intensity displayed by his team after a first reserve draw in over a year against Charlton Athletic at Stevenage on Monday evening.

Clive Allen could not fault the intensity displayed by his team after a first reserve draw in over a year against Charlton Athletic at Stevenage on Monday evening.

Our young team certainly had the better of the clash and pretty much dominated the first half exchanges before Charlton came more into the contest in the second period. While Clive said the outcome was a frustration, he did feel there were points to admire on the night.

"It was a rare scoreline for us, but I've got to say in credit to the lads that I never felt the lads were threatened to the extent that we looked like we might concede," reasoned the Development Coach. "Marton had very little to do in the first half and coped comfortably with what he had to do in the second.

"It was a frustrating evening and sometimes you need to take positives. We had chances in the first half from good delivery at set pieces but our quality in and around the box was not at the leve we are capable of.

"We pushed on at the end and the game opened up, but I always suspected if we didn't score it would finish 0-0. We are still unbeaten and the lads worked very hard without a lot of reward."