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Right response

Posted on 4 November 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen praised his reserve side for stepping up a gear to grab victory against West Ham on Monday night.

Right response

Clive Allen praised his reserve side for stepping up a gear to grab victory against West Ham on Monday night.

The team enjoyed the lion's share of possession in a goalless first half in the rain at Leyton Orient without seriously testing Hammers' keeper Adam Street.

That all changed in the second half of this Barclays Premier Reserve League South encounter as Charlie Daniels struck twice - the second a 20-yard fizzer into the bottom corner - to secure maximum points.

"We found it difficult to get going in the first half, we had no penetration and we didn't pass the ball anywhere as near as we can," commented Development coach Clive.

"The response in the second half was much better and we thoroughly deserved the win in the end. We created opportunities and took them.

"We got pressure on the ball much quicker, we countered more swiftly, our passing was better especially transferring the play from side to side, we got good width, got good crosses into the box and into the danger areas and in those conditions, that gave us the rewards our play deserved in the second period.

The result made it two wins and two losses from four games so far in the league.

"We've been in the games we've lost, some aspects of our performance have cost us, finishing has not been as slick as we would like but we've created chances," added Clive.

"The games we've lost have been close, two wins out of four is okay, I'd like to win every game but this was a decent performance and I've always said that performances will bring the results and that was the case against West Ham."