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RESERVE REVIEW

Posted on 23 June 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen continues his assessment of the players that took us to the reserve league title last season...

Clive Allen continues his assessment of the players that took us to the reserve league title last season...

Our reserve group marched to the Barclays Premier Reserve League South championship with a run of 16 wins in their last 18 matches to take the title by 12 points.

Here, Clive runs the rule over the players that made it happen...

Sean Davis: Sean was good for us. I know he moved on in January but when he was coming back from his injury he played his part, he left here fit and well and did a great job at Portsmouth.

Simon Dawkins: There were players in front of him with the likes of Barney, Mounir and Andy Barcham but when he got his opportunity, he flourished. He wanted to be with the group, wasn’t overawed and showed what he was capable of. He has great balance, scored in a pressure game at Arsenal and suggested that he’s going to stake a claim to step up next season.

Emil Hallfredsson: Emil went away on loan to Malmo in Sweden but for the first half of our season he was a regular for us on the left side. He’s a powerful player and I felt in those early stages he was just finding his way and learning what English football was all about. Perhaps sometimes we expect the foreign lads to just slot in and understand everything but it’s never that easy. Emil worked hard, impressed for his national side and now he has the chance to play first team football in Sweden. He’ll be a better player for that.

Tom Huddlestone: We all know Tom’s strengths and capabilities and when he came into the reserve group, I felt at times it was almost too easy for him. He strolled through some games but still showed his qualities and gave a good account of himself. He has a very good attitude and that’s what you are looking for from a player who has already played in so many Championship games at his age.

Johnnie Jackson: Jacko’s attitude was fantastic and is one of the lads you want in the side week in, week out. He scored some brilliant goals from the run and chip against West Ham to a fantastic strike against Coventry. He knew when he came back from his loan at Derby that he had the opportunity to impress whether it was people here or at other clubs and I thought he took that opportunity in every game. He was first class and we wish him all the best at Colchester.