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Posted on 21 February 2006  - 12:00

Tonight our reserve side will seek to build on what Charlie Daniels described as 'probably our best win of the season'.

Tonight our reserve side will seek to build on what Charlie Daniels described as 'probably our best win of the season'.

Clive Allen's development group travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton, sitting top of the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South - four points clear of Arsenal in second place after the fine 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at Stevenage last week.

Charlton fielded a particularly strong attacking contingent, including the likes of Jason Euell, Darren Ambrose, Jay Bothroyd and Kevin Lisbie. Our own line-up was predominantly Academy-based, but did include experience in the defensive area.

Charlie himself - operating on the left of midfield - opened the scoring with a fine, if rare, strike from 20-plus yards, followed by a goal matched in quality from Stephen Kelly. Calum Davenport completed the scoring from the penalty spot.

"The lads were saying it is probably our best win of the season considering the team Charlton had out," revealed Charlie.

"We had a young team but we did have the likes of Radek Cerny, Calum Davenport, Johnnie Jackson and Stephen Kelly playing," he continued, before adding there is a mix of excitement and fear when the young players find out the opposition features a sprinkling of Premiership quality.

"It is a bit of both really. It is good to play against Premiership players because that is what you want to do in the future. At the start you wonder if you will get a hammering, but we stuck to our task, played well and won the game.

"I hadn't scored for ages so it was a nice goal for me that I managed to take well. It was a quality feeling when it went in, I got played through by Jamie Davis, took the defender on the inside than outside before hitting the ball and thankfully it went in.

"The first half was very even and Ambrose, Euell and Lisbie created some good chances. Luckily I scored after about 30 minutes, which got us through to half-time and then Steo's goal was amazing. I think that killed the game off."

There are now nine games remaining in the campaign and Charlie confirmed winning the league is beginning to enter the thoughts of himself and his teammates.

"We have been saying it would be brilliant to win it, but we have just got to keep going and hopefully it will come at the end.

"A winning habit is good to have, even though we didn't play well in the game before against Southampton, our winning mentality saw us through.

"I think we have a game a week until the end of the season now and Arsenal next week will be the big one for us. They beat us at our place so hopefully we can get our own back."