Platt eager to stay at Coventry City

08 April 2011 11:10
Striker recovered from injury and raring to go Coventry City striker Clive Platt has spoken about his injury, his desire to stay at the club and about the sacking of Aidy Boothroyd. Platt was one of the players who could almost guarantee a starting place in Aidy Boothroyd's teams. His height was ideal for the log ball Boothroyd advocated, but this has worked to the detriment of the hard working 33 year old striker who is now seen as target man for the long ball game which was despised by the vast majority of City fans. Platt has been out with a torn calf muscle since February and missed seven games. The last game he played was the home win over Crystal Palace, but he was on the bench to witness last Saturday's win over Watford. While he was out with his injury, the manager who bought him from Colchester was sacked and then he became a loan target for promotion chasing Norwich City. Platt has remained untouched by all that has been going on around him and has happily got on with training in a bid to regain fitness and the chance to start another game for the Sky Blues. Platt said, “The last game I played was against Palace which was the last win we had before Saturday’s. I pulled my left calf muscle and kept trying to come back but I got a scan after two or three weeks and it was a grade two tear, which is quite a big one, so I just had to lay off it." “I was out of action for four or five weeks which was a bit frustrating being on the side and not being able to get involved, but I got myself fit and got myself back on the bench at the weekend.  I only started back in full training last week and I have had a good week of fitness work with Andy O’Boyle and I am ready to go again now.” He continued,  “Obviously a lot has changed since I have been out but as a player I think the best thing is to keep yourself right out of it and as the manager says, all we can do is what is on the pitch and with what has been going on in the board if we can do a good job then hopefully it makes it a bit easier for everyone at the club." Platt said he was disappointed  about the sacking of the man who brought him to the club saying, “I was disappointed to see him go because he obviously brought me to the club and I think he is a great bloke and really honest guy and it is sad when anyone gets the sack, but these things happen every year in football and I am sure it won’t be the last we see of him and I wish him all the best for the future." "I think he has been unlucky because of all the injuries and suspensions and no loan players coming in to fill the void, so it has been a hard time. We didn’t know about the transfer embargo and sometimes the first we know about things is when we see it in the Telegraph.” Platt said the first he knew about a possible loan move to Norwich was when he read it in the papers He revealed, “The first thing I knew about it was when I had a couple of texts from the lads asking if I was off and I went out and bought a paper. I spoke to people at the club and although it is always nice to be linked with different things my priorities are here." “I have just moved my family back to the Midlands, which is where I am from, and I think this is a great club to be at and I want to stay here." When Platt joined Coventry from Colchester, the contract contained a clause that said if he started 20 games, he would be eligible for an automatic extension, giving him another year at The Ricoh. He started his 20th game for the Sky Blues at Leeds earlier in the year. He continued saying. " I am here for another year and being at the Ricoh on Saturday watching the lads play like that, getting three points with the fans singing like they did, this is the best place when things are like that. And long may it continue." “It would have been nice to get a run out but it is only my first week back and hopefully I can give the lads a helping hand to pick up more points between now and the end of the season. “We passed the ball around well and played some really good football and a lot of people stepped up to the plate and the lads were brilliant.” Despite his reputation as the target man for the long ball, Platt insists he is not a one dimensional player and will cope well with Andy Thorn's style of quick passing, attacking football, mostly played on the ground. “I played arguably some of the best football of my career at MK Dons which is how we played there,”  said Platt. “The way we are playing there are goals to be scored and hopefully I can get a couple myself.” Platt's manager Thorn concurred with Platt's assessment tat he would do well in the new set up. Thorn said, “Absolutely. We still play with two strikers or I might play with one and two wide so I have got options now, but the way we play won’t affect whether Clive’s picked or not." "He has been out a long time and he was struggling to get his fitness back, but he’s got it back now so he will be in and around it as well. I have told him that what I want is for him to make the same sort of impact that Lukas Jutkiewicz made against Watford. So he’s all ready to go." “I thought Lukas was excellent when he went on and was unlucky to miss out but we’ve got competition for places up top.”