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RESSIES SILENCE THE RAMS

Posted on 30 August 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen highlighted the resilience of our reserves as they fought back from 2-0 down for a 2-2 draw at Derby County on Wednesday night.

Clive Allen highlighted the resilience of our reserves as they fought back from 2-0 down for a 2-2 draw at Derby County on Wednesday night.

The lads haven't lost an away game in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South since February 2006 - a run of 12 matches - and showed exactly why at Pride Park.

The Rams scored after six and 39 minutes, hit the crossbar and the post and looked on top but Tomas Pekhart gave us a lifeline in added time of the first half and the second half was a different story.

Kevin-Prince Boateng scored with a fantastic overhead kick to level the scores and we dominated the rest of the game - Boateng came agonisingly close to a winner when his header bounced on the top of the crossbar.

"I made the point beforeand that we didn't lose away throughout last season and we wanted to maintain that record," reflected Clive.

"We are never easily beaten but 2-0 was a big test for us. One or two haven't been in that position before but one or two had and they dug deep and found the performance. We had to believe in the way we were playing and did that. I thought we could have won in the end and deserved to win."

It was pointed out that winning must have been far from Clive's mind as Jon Macken hit the post with an effort just before the break - a goal then would have made it 3-0.

"It wasn't going to plan and you look at it and wonder 'how are we going to turn this around?'" he added.

"It was a poor decision on the first goal, Ben was impeded as he went for the cross and for the second goal we had a free-kick at the Derby end and conceded on the break, a poor goal from our point of view.

"Just before half-time we got the ball into Kevin's feet in a yard of space, he picked out Tomas who finished well, so we knew we were back in the game.

"We talked at half-time about what we hadn't done in the first half and what we needed to do to get back into it and the lads did exactly what we asked of them. We knew we could get back into it and actually go on and win the game.

"I thought once Kevin scored the equaliser only one team was going to go on and win it and we attacked right until the final whistle. We hit the bar and had a number of opportunities.

"It was a test and there were a number of younger players involved at this level for the first time, so it was a good experience for them and a good exercise all round."