Platt: We're Closer Than Ever

Last updated : 08 December 2003 By Rob Davies
The big striker struck Notts' late winner in Saturday's 2-1 win in the FA Cup tie at Gravesend, after a fine individual display.

And Platt said the fighting qualities shown by Notts in that game is a regular theme in the Notts dressing room, as the administration situation has pulled the players closer together.

"It has brought the lads closer together, because we have all been through it together," Platt told the Nottingham Evening Post.

"We have all been in the same boat through this, although I was lucky enough to come in right at the end.

"I have only had the worry of it all for the last few months, since the summer.

"But some of the lads have been in this for a couple of years now. We aren't individuals now, we are in it together on and off the pitch.

"We have come through a lot, more than lots of other players have had to go through, but although it has been hard, it has also brought us together."

Platt also said Notts weren't phased by Gravesend's physical approach to the game, saying that the Magpies always stick together.

"There are 16 of us out there for every match, if you attack one of us you attack all of us," said Platt.

"They tried to push us around a little bit, but that was never going to work, because we were always going to stick together.

"There is a tremendous spirit there. We were not going to give up. We were always going to keep fighting and it paid off in the end."

NCM Opinion

Despite his missed chances, we think Platt had one of his best games for Notts on Saturday.

Infact, those fans I've spoken to who wouldn't normally watch Notts, but watched the game on Sky, were impressed with the bigman more than any other Notts player.

Surely, he is a candidate for most improved player of the season so far and has now scored as many goals as both Stallard and Heffernan, certainly not what some thought at the start of the season.