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Coleraine boss Platt still on the goal trail

Coleraine 4 Donegal Celtic 0: David Platt will continue his striker search, even though his misfiring Bannsiders finally found the route to goal against Donegal Celtic on Saturday.

Platt was relieved to secure a first victory in seven league games and witness the first goals of the campaign, but reckons he needs to add strength to his squad.

“We are a little short with injuries at present, but we need to find a striker who can give us that something extra,” he said.

After losing Sammy Morrow to League One side Tranmere Rovers last month and winger Stephen Dooley’s departure for the US on a soccer scholarship, Coleraine are light in attacking options.

Last season their ranks also included the league’s top scorer in Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson who was snapped up by Plymouth Argyle.

“Finding a striker who is up to the job and available is so difficult, but I am not giving up hope,” he said.

“I believe I need that extra quality to add competition within the squad to relieve some of the pressure on the players.

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“We have several injuries, although I haven't made much about that. You simply have to get on with doing the job.

“If we get someone in, well and good, but if it doesn’t happen I have to accept that, although I am heartened by the hunger and desire the players have displayed.

“The truth is we have been playing well but just not scoring goals.

“Despite our results I have always maintained the lads have not suddenly become bad players.

“We just had not been getting the bounce of the ball, but when things get tough you must keep on believing.

“Thankfully my players have demonstrated by this result that they are more than capable of delivering for Coleraine.”

Former Institute pair David Ogilby and Paul Brown delivered three goals in a late second-half blitz to leave the Wee Hoops reeling. Captain Stephen Carson added the fourth.

Platt revealed that Ogilby wasn't meant to play.

“He was supposed to be undergoing surgery on a finger injury he picked up on his debut against Distillery, but insisted in playing his part,” he said.

“That speaks volumes for the character and loyalty of the guy. He has been a superb acquisition.”

The result plunges DC into deeper trouble after they sacked manager Marty Tabb following last week’s shock exit from the County Antrim Shield at the hands of amateurs Kilmore Rec.

Caretaker manager Paddy Kelly is still uncertain if he will take the job on a permanent basis.


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