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Westley: We Are A Better Prospect

1 August 2012

PNE boss Graham Westley exclusively talks to the Club's official website after the 4-1 win over AFC Wimbledon.

"We want a squad of 22 fighting hard on a weekly basis." That was the opinion of North End boss Graham Westley after his side recorded their second win in four days at AFC Wimbledon.

The Lilywhites ran out deserved 4-1 winners under the floodlights at Kingsmeadow with the visitors dominating large stages of the game.

Pleased with his side's display, Westley exclusively told PNE.Com the next couple of weeks is now all about sharpening up ahead of the big kick-off against Huddersfield Town.

"Tonight was a big improvement from the last time we travelled away to Morecambe," said the gaffer.

"But tonight against another League Two club we have come away and done a much better job so it was good to see a lot of the lads have a run out and nice to get the result that we did. 

"The fitness has started to come together and our focus is starting to go away from trying to put endurance into players.

"The next couple of weeks is going to be about sharpening up and really getting ourselves ready to go. There are a lot of positives to take from where the squad is at but there is a lot of work to do. 

"We scored from two set pieces tonight which is positive and we are starting to do more work on our set plays. 

"In the earlier games I said that we looked messy but there is so much work to do we can't do it all in one go. 

"It was good to see our set plays work and down the sides Jeffery Monakana was doing a lot of good work and getting some good balls into the box. It was a positive all round performance."

The boss rang the changes against the Dons, who will celebrate their tenth birthday in only a matter of days, with only Keith Keane, David Buchanan and Nicky Wroe retaining their places following the win over AEK Athens.

He continued: "It is not for me the starting 11 for the first game, it is about making sure the squad can produce teams on a consistent basis that will win. 

"We don't want the squad to be forgotten about, the best squads are when the standards are raised all the time by everybody and when people can walk in and out of the team depending on injury, form or suspensions. 

"We need the team to stay together fighting hard and we must make sure that an 11 doesn't emerge but we are constantly looking at the 22 or 23 players and seeing contenders for the shirt on a weekly basis. 

"It is not by design it is by default and it is because that is how they are as people. We want players who want to be a part of a team environment and play their football to enjoy it."

From the first whistle, North End intentions where clear as they went on the attack against a Dons defence which conceded seven goals against Reading earlier this month.

Another encouraging sign for the boss was after each goal, his players celebrated together, a habit all successful teams do

"When you score a goal it is a great moment and lets face facts, you tend to find the best sides do celebrate their goals together," Westley told PNE.Com.

"Looking at Manchester United their squad celebrate the moment together, when you put in the hard work you deserve to enjoy the moment.

"Saturday's game will be a good replica for the Huddersfield tie, they were in our division last season and we know how difficult it was to beat them. 

"We are a better prospect now, we have a stronger squad but it was a 1-0 victory which was hard earned. 

"Leeds United won't be any easier and as an established Championship outfit they could potentially be a bit more difficult. 

"It will be very hard to win the game, it is at our home ground and we saw last weekend the level we can get to. With another week inside ourselves we hope we will be stronger and better and I am looking forward to the game. 

"I am sure my lads will be together fighting for the win and to play well so they put on another decent Deepdale performance. 

"We want to make Deepdale a place where the fans enjoy coming again, we want pride to go back into the Club and the players are totally committed in making sure the fans walk away enjoying their football and proud."

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