YOU PLATT!; David Gets a Houston Rocket: Arsenal 2 West Ham 0

By Barnes, David | Sunday Mirror (London, England), August 18, 1996 | Go to article overview

YOU PLATT!; David Gets a Houston Rocket: Arsenal 2 West Ham 0


Barnes, David, Sunday Mirror (London, England)


Caretaker Arsenal boss Stewart Houston is ready to give Gunners and England star David Platt a major rollicking.

And even three points in the bag for the man who keeps being passed over for the top job won't soften his language.

Platt, hurt in a training session on Friday, left it till Saturday lunchtime before informing Houston he couldn't play.

Having his team plans thrown up in the air just a couple of hours before kick-off was all Houston needed to top off a traumatic week at Highbury.

He was in no mood to let Platt, his most senior and experienced international, off the hook once victory was assured.

Houston said: "We got a message from David about lunchtime that a bone at the bottom of his back was badly bruised and he was really struggling.

"That was too late. We should have been on top of the situation earlier.

"In the end I decided to bring in Steve Morrow, who did a good defensive midfield job for me.

"But David must be a big sleeper. I think he must have had a lie-in."

Behind that jocular sign-off lies the dissatisfaction of a man who spent days trying to pull stricken Arsenal together.

Houston added: "I told the lads we had to get a bond, a togetherness if we were to win.

"The team dug in very deep and got the result they deserved. They showed their resilience and took strength from what has happened. …

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