David Platt’s ready to read the riot act for Oval returnC
Coleraine 0 Glenavon 2
Just what is bouncebackability? Well, Coleraine manager David Platt hopes he is about to discover the answer — and quickly.
Platt is demanding an instant response from his players after Saturday’s debacle against Glenavon.
Last season at the Oval the Bannsiders stunned the local football scene with a six-hit against Glentoran. This Saturday the portents look decidedly against a repeat performance.
After a demoralising 2-0 reverse at home by Glenavon, Platt is threatening to make changes after a sloppy, below par performance.
“The only comfort is that I know we are miles better than the way we performed,” he says.
“My players have to respond. We had possession at times but were not potent in the last third.”
Defender Jonny Harkness was forced off with a leg injury and Platt will assess the situation tomorrow night.
Suspended trio Aaron Black, Kyle McVey and Darren Boyce will be available while midfielder Michael Hegarty could also feature. However, winger Stephen Dooley made his last appearance at the weekend. The Portstewart teenager is now off to Baltimore on a three-year soccer scholarship.
“There are people knocking at the door so I have options.
“But whoever starts will know they have to be totally focused in their mind. The first thing you must have in your mind is work rate. We didn’t have that against Glenavon.”
Former Linfield striker Mark Miskimmin was the Glenavon hero on his competitive debut, scoring twice before half-time.
He said: “It was tough to leave a club like Linfield but I wanted regular football and I suppose I feel I have a point to prove to some people.”
His new boss Marty Quinn added: “Mark is a predator around goal and will always sniff out chances but l think he will develop even more with us.”
Quinn was also pleased with keeper Andrew Plummer who made a couple of outstanding reaction saves to redeem himself following some less than impressive performances in pre-season .
“Andrew stepped up to show his mettle,” said Quinn.
“He was under pressure because I have signed Lee Windrum but his international clearance did not come through in time so Andrew started and did very well.”