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'Sensational' goals - Clive

Posted on 16 April 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen pinpointed David Bentley's contribution as our reserves continue to pursue what looked like mission impossible a fortnight ago.

'Sensational' goals - Clive

Clive Allen pinpointed David Bentley's contribution as our reserves continue to pursue what looked like mission impossible a fortnight ago.

The midfielder struck two wonderful goals in Tuesday night's 2-1 win against Arsenal at Leyton Orient.

The first was a spectacular full volley from Gareth Bale's fine cross in the first half, the second a 30-yard strike into the top corner after the break.

"We started slowly and the change in the game came with that tremendous opening goal," reflected Clive. "It was a wonderful finish from David.

"The second goal was sensational as well - everyone knows that's what he's capable of."

It was the side's fifth-successive victory in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South and kept the title heat on leaders Aston Villa.

Villa were 14 points clear when the teams met on March 30. We won that night to prevent them clinching the title and have now whittled the lead down to five points with a game in hand.

We have to keep going and try to win all three remaining games away to Stoke, Chelsea and Portsmouth and hope Villa slip up in home games against Fulham and West Brom.

"We knew we had to win every game and we've certainly attacked every game in that manner," said Clive. "That's always our intention anyway.

"While we have a chance we'll keep going for it.

"We have three games left, big games and we have to keep playing in the right manner whether it's a young squad, a mixed squad or predominently a senior squad.

"The lads need to go out and perform and hopefully we'll keep the run going right to the end."