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Platt enjoying life at Coventry

02 Sep 2010 10:56:01

Platt enjoying life at Coventry

Striker still getting to know his team mates One of Aidy Boothroyd's more surprising signings of the summer was that of the 32 year old journeyman pro Clive Platt, but the little known and apparently underrated striker has raised a few eyebrows with his performances. Platt joined City in the summer from Boothroyd's previous club Colchester and was described by the City boss as a striker who makes more goals than he scores. Speaking to The Coventry Telegraph, Platt spoke about the football and his private life since joining the Sky Blues. He said, "My first few weeks at Coventry City have been really enjoyable and I feel I have settled in very quickly. It helps because I obviously worked with the manager at Colchester last season so I know his routines and what he expects from his players, while the lads have made me feel very welcome." "Footballers spend a lot of time in the dressing room with each other where there is always plenty of banter going on and I have always been in the thick of that, but there is an unwritten rule in the game that you don’t go shouting your mouth off from your first day so, while I am usually one of the loud ones dishing it out, I have been very quiet up to now." // '); // ]]> "I am just biding my time, taking it all in and getting to know everyone and spotting my potential targets. Life has been pretty good on the pitch too, and I have been pleased with the playing time I have had so far and was very happy to get my first start last Saturday, although not so with the result." "Although I felt I won my fair share of headers, I do feel that the referee gave Millwall more decisions than he gave us, which often happens when you play away at an intimidating ground where the crowd make lots of noise, but hopefully we will make the Ricoh like that and start getting decisions going for us." "The problem was that I was being fouled quite a lot with one man in front of me and another behind, climbing up my back and trying to head the ball, but whenever I used my arms to stop them I was penalised for it and they got a free kick. It can be frustrating for me because throughout my career I have had referees say to me, ‘You’re a big lad, get on with it,’ and it seems that if opposition players commit a foul and win the ball it is fair game but, if I do it, I get pulled up for it." "The other frustrating aspect of the game was the sending off because up until that point we had got our goal back and were in the ascendancy. Ask any of our lads and they will tell you that at that point of the game we were confident we were going to go on to win and we could see from the body language of their players that they were there for the taking." "Unfortunately Carl Baker went off and the reverse happened. Bakes was obviously disappointed but, to be fair to him, I thought his first booking was very harsh because their lad had his arms round him on the floor and he was just trying to get free and the second yellow came for kicking the ball away and he insists he didn’t hear the whistle, so I think he and the gaffer are going to sit down and look at it again on the video. We are now looking forward to the next game when we hope to bounce back." "My wife, Imogen, is from Leicester and I am from Wolverhampton so we have moved into a house in between the two, just outside Hinckley so it is easy to get up the M69 or down the M6 to our respective families. We have a little girl, Maddie,who will be four in November and she has her dad wrapped round her little finger." "When we decided we were going to have kids I always said that I would be the strict one but I can’t bring myself to shout at her and always go for the easy option and pick her up for a cuddle if she looks like she is going to cry because she’s been naughty, but she’s great fun and at a lovely age, and certainly keeps me on my toes."


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