Coventry City's 19 year old Aston Villa loanee Gary Gardner has said he was pleased with performance on his Ricoh debut, but disappointed with the result.
The midfielder replaced club captain Sammy Clingan, who is nursing a fractured toe, in the home defeat to Hull last Saturday, but he created a few good chances, including setting up an effort for Richard Wood, but who hit the post with his shot and an chance for Platt near the end of the game.
Gardner told the CT: “I thought I played all right. I have played a mixture of left, right and centre so I am used to getting moved around. I always give 100 per cent and we need all the lads to stick together and try to push on.
“It was disappointing again because we had the chances to get back in the game and didn’t take them, so we need to start taking those chances.”
Talking about the late Clive Platt chance and his own part in the build up when he passed the ball to Carl Baker before darting forward to drop Bakers cross into the path of Platt, Gardner said, “Another yard to his foot and it would have been a goal.
"That’s the difference in this league and hopefully a bit of luck we need will come to us.”
Gardner is enjoying his stint at Coventry despite not yet playing in a winning side and when questioned about it he said, “Definitely. "To play first team football anywhere is good and Coventry have looked after me. The players are good and the facilities and stadium too and I just want to help the club push on.
“I have been here for two or three games now and they always seem to be scrappy goals against us. No-one has scored a quality goal yet so I think we need to work on that.”