Defender Matt Platt is hoping to maintain the solid form he has shown since signing for Barrow AFC on loan from Blackburn Rovers a couple of weeks ago.

Platt has helped shore up a Bluebirds defence that had leaked too many goals in the first month of the season, which led to them letting winning positions slip away in five of their first eight games.

The 21-year-old has adapted well to the style of play demanded by AFC boss Ian Evatt, as he was asked to play in a similar fashion at Blackburn, where manager Tony Mowbray has a similar possession-based philosophy.

He’s also shown he has an eye for danger, not least when his last-ditch challenge prevented Connor Shields from getting to the rebound after Joel Dixon had saved his penalty in the dying seconds of last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Aldershot Town.

Platt said: “I think I’ve done pretty well in both my games – it was disappointing to concede in both, but I think we’ve been generally solid when I’ve played in the games, so I’m looking to keep that going and looking for that clean sheet.”

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