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Knight class taking Coleraine to new heights

The return to action of striker Leon Knight is a huge boost for Coleraine.

Manager David Platt believes the former Chelsea forward gives his side an extra dimension.

“Leon is a quality player with a great will-to-win attitude that permeates through the rest of the team,” he says.

“He has had a frustrating time with a hamstring injury but is now back in business.

“Leon possesses that extra bit of quality in the final third of the pitch and was a handful for the Glentoran defence on Tuesday night.

“After getting injured against the Glens the last time we played them, he was anxious to impress and didn't disappoint.

“He won us numerous free kicks in good positions and although he only got a couple of chances, he still managed to stick one of them away.

“He creates space for the other players and is getting fitter every day.”

Knight's goal was his sixth in eight appearances and Platt salutes his professionalism and competitiveness despite receiving some close attention from the Glens defence.

“He is a very clever player who works hard to help create openings for other players even when he is not is possession,” he adds.

Platt, who takes his side to basement outfit Donegal Celtic tomorrow, was full of praise for his Coleraine team following a comprehensive 3-1 victory over the Glens.

“It’s another big win against a very good side who are sitting second in the league at present. We limited them to only a few chances, which is very pleasing. But what is most pleasing is that we carried on from where we left off on Saturday against Cliftonvilleand picked up another three points.”

“I’m very pleased with a number of individual performances. We were forced into a change before kick off when Stephen Lowry took ill here and had to go home, so Aaron Black came in and he made the most of his chance and got his name on the scoresheet.”

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