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Westley Focused On Task Ahead

14 August 2012

Preston North End manager Graham Westley is not allowing focus to be shifted from the aims of the season following a convincing 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Deepdale.

“He is a big asset, who will make a difference, but negotiations are on going and we are hoping they will come to a conclusion and it will be great to have him at this football club.”

“We have made a bid it is no secret and we are hoping that Stuart Beavon will come here and be apart of what we are doing and we would love to have him here.

“Steve Simonson has been in training with us, we are still talking to him and we are hoping he will join us but nothing is concluded. It remains one of those prospective pieces of work rather than a done deal.

“Joel Byrom was missing through injury, we are hoping he will be ok for the weekend. It was a disappointment for him but knock and bumps are going to happen through the season.

“Lee Holmes had a niggle which means he is a minor doubt for the weekend, it was precautionary why we brought him off at half time.  We will have to keep an eye on that from now until the weekend.

Expected both to be fit for the weekend, Westley concluded by telling the local press he is still looking to add to his squad at both ends of the field.  

On the injury front, recent acquisition Joel Byrom was missing through injury whilst winger Lee Holmes was withdrawn at half time as a precaution. 

“You have to go out on the field of play and do what it takes on the day to win the match.”

“We don’t take clubs for granted if they are smaller than us and we don’t give anybody giant status because they might be allegedly bigger than us.

“We like winning football matches, we don’t give ourselves up to anybody whether they play at a higher level or a lower level.

“What we want is for Preston North End to keep winning and the fans to stay happy because that is what we are all here for. 

“The fans reaction to the manager is a reflection of how well the boys are doing on the pitch and as long as they keep putting one foot in front of another, they look cohesive and a unit the fans will keep chanting my name. 

“The fans want to see their team trying and winning and sweating blood for the cause and these players are determined to put the pride back into Preston North End,” he continued. 

Appreciating the fans efforts, Westley is determined to install pride back into the famous Preston North End badge this season.

From kick-off, North End made their intentions clear with an attacking brand of football which was pleasing on the eye for PNE supporters.

“We have to make sure we don’t get carried away and get our feet straight back onto the ground and we will be in training tomorrow getting ourselves ready for Saturday because we have got another big job to do.”

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable night, the lads went into the game believing physically, mentally and tactically as a team they were prepared and they went about their job in a positive way.

“We could have scored more, throughout the course of the 90 minutes there were some terrific chances that were created and brilliant bits of work by Jeffrey Monakana and Chris Beardsley to create the moments and two very good finishes.

“It was a good start, we all knew it is was going to be a difficult pre-season, a lot of players coming together trying to learn a new way of playing,” said the Preston boss.

Enjoying the night, Westley is happy with the positivity his squad showed but the focus has already turned to Saturday’s opener against Colchester United.

The Lilywhites controlled play for large stages of the first round Capital One Cup tie, resulting in a lot of smiling faces leaving the stadium after the final whistle.

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