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WIN DELIGHTS CLIVE

Posted on 14 March 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen's only complaint was that our title-chasing reserves didn't kill off Portsmouth but he was delighted with another win on Monday night.

Clive Allen's only complaint was that our title-chasing reserves didn't kill off Portsmouth but he was delighted with another win on Monday night.

Our table-topping team dominated the Barclays Reserve League South encounter from start to finish at Stevenage but only had Stephen Kelly's wonderful goal to show for it when Liam Horsted gave us a huge scare by striking the woodwork with 12 minutes left.

Thankfully, that didn't lead to a late Pompey rally - instead, play switched back to the Pompey half for the rest of the game and Andy Reid finally sealed it with a cool finish in the last minute for a 2-0 win.

It was Andy's return from a knee injury while both Dean Marney and Hossam Ghaly played 60 minutes. It was Hossam's first action in a Spurs shirt and Dean's first start since rupturing his Achilles back in October.

"Our play getting into the final third was good but Portsmouth packed their defence and we couldn't make the final pass count," reflected coach Clive afterwards.

"We had what I would call sloppy passes when we needed precision to kill them off and we didn't show that.

"Portsmouth were a young, energetic side who were always going to keep going and look to cash on anything we offered them or that they could create themselves.

"They didn't have many chances in the game but you always know at 1-0 you need the second goal and I'm sure that would have led to more.

"They struck the crossbar and we've been caught like that before and I'm sure it will happen again because when you don't make the chances count you can pay a heavy price. Fortunately that didn't happen.

"I'm just pleased with another clean sheet but we made hard work of it. It should have been a far better scoreline and that was disappointing but we took the game to them, we're playing with confidence and I'm delighted with the result."

It was a 12th win in the last 13 games and left the lads 12 points clear on Monday night.