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Ressies gun for double

Posted on 14 April 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen fields a strong side as our reserves look to stay in the title race by beating Arsenal at Leyton Orient tonight (Tuesday, April 14).

Ressies gun for double

Clive Allen fields a strong side as our reserves look to stay in the title race by beating Arsenal at Leyton Orient tonight (Tuesday, April 14).

We meet our local rivals for the second time in five days in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South having beaten them 3-0 at Barnet on Thursday. Kick-off is 7pm.

Alan Hutton, Ricardo Rocha, Gilberto, Gareth Bale, Pascal Chimbonda, Jamie O'Hara, David Bentley and Fraizer Campbell are all named in the squad.

It's the third of three hurdles the lads have had to overcome to get back into the title race.

The first was to beat runaway leaders Villa on March 30 and therefore stop them clinching the title that night, the second to beat Arsenal at Barnet last week. Both tasks were completed impressively.

Victory at Brisbane Road tonight will take us to within five points of Villa with a game still in hand.

We can reach a maximum of 34 points and Villa can get to 36. They next play against high-flying Fulham on Monday week, April 20.

Development Coach Clive said: "We set about trying to win every game and when you know you have to do that it can be very difficult.

"The lads have attacked the situation really well, the performances have been good, we've warranted the points we've got and we now have to continue it.

"It was a great result last week and, on paper, we have a very strong team this time but the lads have to go out there and do it the right way.

"Arsenal will come really stoked up to give a performance after what happened last week so it will be an excellent game for us."

Squad: Alnwick, Button, Hutton, Rocha, Gilberto, Bale, Chimbonda, Hughton, Livermore, Maghoma, Mtandari, O'Hara, Bentley, Campbell, Fraser-Allen, Bostock.