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Team works

Posted on 31 March 2009  - 12:00

Clive Allen praised the team ethic that helped our reserves topple leaders Aston Villa on Monday night.

Team works

Clive Allen praised the team ethic that helped our reserves topple leaders Aston Villa on Monday night.

A penalty in each half from Ryan Mason and Jacques Maghoma secured the win that keeps the title race alive in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.

Villa would have clinched the title with a win - this was only their second defeat all season.

The victory also keeps our slim hopes of the title alive. "Villa aren't top of the league for nothing and it was an excellent win against a very good side, especially coming from a goal down," said development coach Clive. "The response was first-class.

"I said when we came in for half-time at 1-1 that everyone was going to have to play their part and everyone was needed and that's what happened.

"A number of players were asked to play in different positions but they showed the ability to adapt to that and deliver what we needed for the team.

"In the end it was a fantastic win for us."

There was further praise for Jacques after he scored with a twice-taken penalty - the first was saved by Villa keeper Elliott Parish, but he was ruled to have ventured too far off his goalline, so Jacques got a second chance that he tucked away.

"He got the opportunity and showed a lot of character to make sure with the second attempt," added Clive.