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Posted on 15 November 2005  - 12:00

Clive Allen needed little in the way of motivation before Monday night’s reserve win against Ipswich at Portman Road.

Clive Allen needed little in the way of motivation before Monday night’s reserve win against Ipswich at Portman Road.

Six of his starting line-up and another two players on the bench were involved in last season’s FA Youth Cup semi-final defeat over two legs against the Blues.

Town did the damage in the first leg at Portman Road with a 2-0 win on their way to a 4-1 aggregate victory.

So it was a revenge of sorts as the likes of Charlie Lee, Jamie O’Hara and Stuart Lewis helped the reserves to a 2-0 victory.

“The lads were determined to do well,†said Clive. “A number of them were involved in the FA Youth Cup semi-final last season.

“I reminded them of that, told them there was no need to be fearful and as the game progressed we grew in confidence and played in the right way and that’s what you look for.

It was a ground they wanted to come back to and give a good account of themselves and they did exactly that

Ipswich had the better of the early exchanges but we survived that and forged into what turned out to be an unassailable lead with a Lee Barnard double before the break. The second half was one-way traffic as we managed eight decent efforts at goal to the hosts’ one.

Clive added: “They were sharp and had a couple of opportunities but once we got over those early scares we were the team in control.

“We were happy at half-time but we were aware that it could be a case of us being our own worst enemies in the second half if we tried to be too clever and tried to do things we hadn’t in the first half.

“We had to continue in the same way and full credit to the lads, they did exactly that.

“We were dominant and they only had one chance late on where Tommy Forecast (pictured) made a good save.

“For periods in the second half the controlled possession was excellent and we could have ended up with a couple more goals. We countered well and looked composed. It was a very good away performance.â€Â