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RESERVE REACTION

Posted on 17 October 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen considered it a hard earned point won against Watford reserves at Boreham Wood on Monday evening.

Clive Allen considered it a hard earned point won against Watford reserves at Boreham Wood on Monday evening.

Twice Clive's side fell behind in the first half against a more seasoned home team - the second time moments before the break when Watford were awarded a penalty. Kieran McKenna and the returning Andy Barcham responded to the challenge with fine goals.

Clive, however, was not entirely satisfied with the display of our young team in the first 45 minutes.

"It was a game where I asked a few questions of the lads - at half-time in particular," reported the Development Coach. "I didn't feel we played to our strengths or capabilities in the first half against an experienced side.

"We went behind and pegged them back, which was good to see, and it was a night where we had to keep going, try to find the style of play we are used to and impose that on the opposition. It wasn't easy to do.

"The second half bought better opportunities, we were behind again before a fantastic equaliser from Andy Barcham. I still felt we were capable of going on and possibly winning the game and that is something this group of players has in them. They feel they can win every game and they attack every game to win it.

"We weren't at our best in terms of the way we played, we showed glimpses of our quality, but it was a tough test for us because of the experience of the opposition."

Clive did feel his team reacted in a positive way to the often costly setback of conceding just before the interval.

"We went in and were very disappointed because we felt we could have had one ourselves. What led to their was the most annoying because the types of challenges put in were nowhere near what they should have been. The lads are aware of that and it cost us.

"It made it difficult for us in the second half but the boys have that belief. We came away with a point, we could have got three, but equally we could have come away with nothing.

"It was a hard earned point and a decent result for us."

"It was a hard earned point and a decent result for us."