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Westley: We Will React

22 August 2012

PNE boss Graham Westley speaks to the local press after tonight's game...

“I have got no doubt the lads will improve as times goes on a produce better performances going forward.”

“I have just said to the lads that Everton got a great result against Manchester United last night and I know United will react in the right way and you can bet your bottom dollar we will.

“It was a game we came here to win and it is a type of game that we will win going forward. No one in our camp is happy about getting edged out but we have been edged out by a side which hasn’t lost at home in 18 months.

Continuing his interview with the local press on the touchline at Greenhous Meadow, Westley is confident his side will make strides in the right direction going forward, and the important thing is how the team react.

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“Into the second half and it was backs to the walls from their point of view, they had their moments but we kept the play going forward and we didn’t do enough to score the goal which got us back into the game and given ourselves a platform to go on and win

“The big man at the back put in a good block on Beardo [Chris Beardsley] when in all fairness he could have done better. 

“After going behind I thought we dominated play in the first half and created some good moments but we didn’t take our chances when they fell our way.

“When our goalkeeper is adamant that it should have been disallowed for the player who blocked him on the line, and if he is right which I am sure he will be that is just as disappointing as the job not been done on the edge.

“We were undone in the end by a moment of sloppiness from a set-piece. It is disappointing to concede from set-plays, in particular when a job hasn’t been done on the edge of the box,” said the 44-year-old.

However, Westley questions whether the goal should have stood, with German goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann adamant he was illegally blocked on the goal line.

The travelling Lilywhites, supported by a strong contingency from Lancashire, dominated possession but an early strike from former PNE winger Paul Parry was the difference between the two teams.

Preston North End boss Graham Westley believes it was a night of rued opportunities for his side as they suffered their first defeat of the season at Shrewsbury Town.


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