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Westley: We Have To Be Patient

25 August 2012

PNE.Com speak to the boss following the 1-1 draw on the south coast…

“There is a lot of good signs and I am sure we are going to win a lot of football matches this year.”

“We don’t want to get to Christmas and not won a lot of games because then you are not going to win trophies.” 

“There is a lot of things I like about what the players are doing, but I am not to patient because you don’t win things by being too patient.

“Lee [Holmes] is sore, he has a huge gash on his leg all the way through to his patella, so I am sure he is going to be very sore and I hope it is just a cut and not any other damage and if it is just a cut we should see him back in two or three weeks.

“It was going to take a brave man to go and get on the end of things and both of them made a real difference this afternoon. 

“Credit to both Bailey [Wright] and Akpo [Sodje] for attacking the ball when he crossed it into the box, Bournemouth were banking up and making it difficult for us.

“These lads work very hard and the unity between them is tremendous, the quality of their football is good and they will win games, there is no question about it.

“Personally I am composed, I have worked with a lot of successful sides and I know what successful sides do.

Westley continued: “I am not panicking, there is a lot of people from outside of the Club who would love to see Preston North End fail and want to put out a direct message of worry.

Proud of his lads, Westley carried on by praising his players and also gave an injury update on Lee Holmes after he was stretched off near the end of the first half. 

One thing the Preston boss is refusing to do is panic, as inside the camp everybody knows how hard they are working to once again make PNE a force to be reckoned with.

“From our point of view, we are disappointed to win just the point but there will be a lot of sides that come here and will get beat.”

“In time we will have the cutting edge that we will need to win games on a consistent basis but in the meantime it is a solid point away from home at a place which is spending massive in order to be progressive. 

“They are trying to play the game the way they have been asked to play the game and it is one of those things.

“They are going into their first competitive games together and it takes time, we have to be patient and they are showing a great will to win.

“Teams become more fluent and have more end product when they have spent time together, we are brand new and most of the boys have walked into the Club during the summer.

“Over 90 minutes you have to say that it was another positive for a brand new squad coming together, we passed the ball well and the fluency and the edge in the final third will come.

“We were unfortunate not to win the game, it was a poor moment of defending that cost us all three points.

“We were not clinical in the final third but at the same time the patience in possession and our passing created enough moments to have won the match.

“Once the game went down to ten men, they were prepared to sit back and take it and we prepared our play well. 

“We started to stretch Bournemouth in the two wide areas and it was disappointing to lose Lee Holmes. 

“It was one of those games that we dominated, in the early exchanges we stood out toe to toe and we started to get on the front foot,” Westley told the press after the game.

PNE continued to push for a winner but couldn’t find a second, however their efforts were greatly appreciated by the travelling support.

Taking the lead with one of their very few chances, the hosts were pegged back when striker Akpo Sodje scored his first goal for the Club with a powerful header in front of a strong PNE following. 

The Lilywhites once again dominated play, but couldn’t find the winner against the Cherries, who reduced to ten men in the first half after Harry Arter picked up his second yellow card.

North End boss Graham Westley believes his side were unfortunate not to beat AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.


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