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Clive Allen was more than happy with the way our reserve side reacted to defeat last time out - beating Arsenal by a 3-0 margin at Barnet's Underhill ground.
Clive Allen was more than happy with the way our reserve side reacted to defeat last time out - beating Arsenal by a 3-0 margin at Barnet's Underhill ground.Last week Clive's side suffered a first loss in almost a year via a late Chelsea goal at Stevenage, but memories of that setback were banished in considerable style on a particularly cold night against Arsenal with goals from Mark Yeates, Jamie O'Hara and Kieran McKenna.
"I am delighted with the way be boys responded to last week, we were bitterly disappointed as we said at the time," said Clive. "They worked really hard and I could sense that they were really up for the game.
"It was a young Arsenal side but, as I said to the boys, whatever side they put out will be looking to get a result against us and we had to do the job. I thought we went about it in the right way, they were difficult conditions, but the surface is very good and we played some excellent football to create our chances and score the goals," he added, before commenting on the increasing impact of new signing Adel Taarabt.
"Adel has had his second game and I think he learned a lot last week, certainly about the nature of the game here. He responded in a positive way and I just felt that we looked likely to score, especially in the way we built up and we got crosses over the face the of the goal. That is where the first one came from."
A key point in the game came just after the hour when , at 2-0 up, Phil Ifil tripped Giorgos Efrem inside the area and Jay Simpson first netted and then saw his penalty saved by Ben Alnwick when a re-take was ordered.
"There is always that in games between the two clubs, at times it hinges on a particular incident that happens. I thought it was a penalty and it was the first time I felt we were too deep defensively, they got into our area and a rash challenge cost us a penalty.
"Ben kept his nerve, he had a second chance to save and maybe outwitted the striker to make a good stop. Then we went on to control the game again, which is important."