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Westley Taps Into Knowledge

20 August 2012

Manager Graham Westley talks to the press ahead of Tuesday's game...

“However we are used to that because we play at Deepdale which is one of the biggest pitches in the country. We are looking forward to the game.”

“Fortunately for us it is a big wide pitch and that can be an issue for sides but that can be an issue for sides.

“They are a decent outfit, they are well managed, they have got some good players and it will be a tough nut to crack, it will be a big task.

“That is a fair old record, they have got an experienced manager, Michael Jackson the coach I know very well who used to play for Preston.

“I don’t see a side coming up from League Two and thinking it will be a walk in the park, they have some good players and they are unbeaten at home in 18 months.

“From my own experience, I know winning promotion from League Two is not easy and going from League Two into League One didn’t intermediate my side,” he continued.

Ready for the first home league game in the third tier of English football, Westley knows the task won’t daunt the Shrews but hopes the pitch dimensions will work in North End’s favour.

North End’s opponents have made their home a fortress holding a superb unbeaten record which stretches back 18 months.

“If you sat down 25 players in a room and asked them to share their football knowledge and tactical experiences they would have a lot more experience than I have. I have to make sure that I use that knowledge to its maximum and for our collective good.”

“You have to tap into that knowledge to get the best out of yourselves, why would you ignore it, as I often say to the lads the job of a manager is to facilitate. 

“To have knowledge in your camp, every game that you play there is somebody in your camp that knows something about the opposition whether that is a player they have played with or a manager that they have played for.

“It is a great opportunity as a player and an enjoyable experience when you go back to a club that you have enjoyed past success with.

“I am sure they both had some good times here and I am sure it will be a great opportunity for them to say a farewell to their fans that loved them so much last year. 

“There are a lot of advantages in that, in terms of understanding the way that they think and play. It will work in our advantage having that knowledge in our camp.

“We have played at Plymouth and Wimbledon and we have made those journeys to make sure we were right and we won both of those games. Hopefully we can go down to Shrewsbury and pick up the three points to get the ball rolling. 

“From our point of view every game is a chance to get better and I am sure the lads will be approaching Tuesday just like me, looking forward to getting an away fixture under our belts.

“I love this time of year where you get an opportunity to place every Saturday and Tuesday and you can really get some games under your belts,” Westley told the local press on Monday morning.

The North End boss drafted the pair in after they helped the Shrews win promotion to League One last season, and have both started the Lilywhites’ opening two competitive fixtures.

Preston North End manager Graham Westley revealed in his pre-match press conference that he has been tapping into the knowledge of duo Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Nicky Wroe ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.  

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