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Platt-ini wins it late for City

Platt-ini wins it late for City

Coventry City continued their excellent home form with a dramatic late winner from Clive Platt earning them a crucial three points against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

It was just reward for a Sky Blues side who enjoyed the bulk of the play against a Tykes side who offered little in the way of attacking intent but who defended stoutly as the home team 'mixed things up' in Andy Thorn's words with plenty of balls aimed in for Platt to bring Gary McSheffrey and Alex Nimely into play.

Nimely was lively throughout and had the game's best chance before the late goal when he was given a clear run on goal following a Barnsley error but steered his shot wide.

City kept their shape well throughout and got more players into threatening areas as the game progressed, epitomised by Jordan Clarke's run and cross which gave Platt the chance to head the winning goal.

Nottingham Forest's surprise win at Birmingham keeps the Sky Blues in the bottom three but a few other teams will be looking over their shoulders now as the relegation battle intensifies.

"I thought that was one of our more solid performances," said Thorn.

"It was a massive game for us and it was just important to keep doing what we were doing.

"We kept our discipline and we got our rewards for that. This could be a season-changing game for us. I just wanted to see it over the line and we did that.

"We sat down two months ago and said how important our home form was going to be because we can't get any better support than we are getting here. That's five out of six wins at home now, we just need to improve away from home.

"I did think about changing it but we were doing the right things and I just wanted us to keep the pressure on, which we did."

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Writer:CCFC
Date:Saturday February 25 2012
Time: 5:46PM

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