Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Portadown v Coleraine: Platt wants Lady Luck for winter company

David Platt got lucky this week as his Coleraine team managed to score a victory against the winter chill.

Now the Bannsiders boss wants to see a change of luck on the pitch, with good fortune something that has been in short supply in the north-west this season.

Platt wasn’t alone among the Irish League’s managerial fraternity in having to cancel his squad’s planned training session last night, but that didn’t pose a problem.

“We trained on Monday and Wednesday nights this week,” revealed Platt.

“I’d booked indoor facilities a couple of weeks ago, which, as it turned out, was something that worked in our favour.

“I wouldn’t say it was foresight, just luck really. We could do with a bit of luck going our way in games because we’re not getting any breaks at all.

“I had planned to train on Thursday as well, but given the driving conditions I cancelled that.”

Platt saw his team blow a 1-0 lead against Portadown last Saturday. Eventually going down 3-1 to Ronnie McFall’s men.

The teams are due to meet again tomorrow afternoon — this time at Shamrock Park — in the Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-finals.

“From leading against Portadown all of a sudden two mistakes meant we were 2-1 down at half-time,” added Platt.

“I’m not blaming Davy O’Hare, as an ex-goalkeeper myself I know that nobody’s perfect, but things are going against us in our own box, whereas at the other end against Portadown we’d a shot that hit the bar, one that was blocked on the line and Leon Knight had an overhead kick that hit a defender in the face. That’s typical of our luck.”

As for having a surprise for the Ports, Platt is ruling that out.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve had back-to-back games against a few teams when it’s come to this competition,” said Platt.

“I think teams in this league know everything about each other anyway. If the game goes ahead it is up to us to have learned something from last Saturday and hope that Portadown are thinking that they can beat us again and we can catch them out.”

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