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Westley Praises Team

22 December 2012

North End manager Graham Westley believes his side deserved all three points at the Ricoh Arena.

“We will be exactly the same as everybody else and use our squad to its full, obviously knocks and injuries will come into play but getting the best out of your squad is vital if you are going to pick up points.”

“Every team over Christmas has to find its freshness and we are no different and it is important the whole squad is ready to do its job. 

“I like Lee, he is a good lad, terrific professional and the levels he is capable of, I have to make sure he finds them consistently. 

“In the second half today he showed Lee Holmes the winning player opposed to the first half were he showed Lee Holmes the inconsistent player. 

“Lee Holmes pulled his groin, we were down to ten men at the end and he will miss out for three to four weeks.

“The boys have done brilliantly to be where they are and anyone watching the game today will look at Preston North End and think they are going to be a force and we will be.

“I am gutted that we have dropped two points; I am expecting us to get a lot stronger in the second half of the season. I would have loved to have won every game so far, we have planned to win every game but inevitably there have been lessons that have had to be learned.

“Both injuries came upon us at the start of both halves, but the players didn’t look for excuses, they got on with the game that was in front of them and let’s face facts, if you can bring on John Welsh for Andy Procter and David Amoo for Stuart Beavon, then we are not in a bad situation. 

“Stuart Beavon opened up a hip problem and Andy Procter suffered a concussion, they were body blows of course, you don’t want to lose players inform and of real quality but you have to deal with it, stuff happens.

Explaining Beavon’s injury plus midfielder Andy Procter’s early substitution in the second half, the  North End boss continued by revealing goal scorer Holmes will now be out for up to four weeks after sustaining a groin injury.

Beavon’s injury resulted in David Amoo taking his place in the starting line-up and Todd Kane promoted from the stands to the substitutes bench. 

Minutes before kick-off at the Ricoh Arena, North End had to make an unexpected change with Stuart Beavon pulling up in the warm up.

“I wish they won the second half 2-0 because we would have come away with all three points but they fully deserved the win. Credit to the team for a fantastic effort in the second half, they couldn’t take no for an answer.”

“Whatever you do tactically, it is the way the players implementing their game plan that makes the difference and they made their mind up at half time that they were going to go and win the second half.

“The team made the decision in the second half that they were going to do a little bit extra that it takes to create victory. We played on the front foot, we played with intensity, there was a lot of quality to our play and the goal we scored was an example to all of those things. 

“We battered them in all honesty, there was one team out there looking to win the match. We had 54% possession in our favour; we had `12 shots on goal compared to their six. We did a lot to try and win the football match and didn’t quite get what we deserved.  

With all the stats finishing in North End’s favour bar the scoreline, the gaffer told the press after the game his side didn’t get all they deserved in the Midlands.

The Lilywhites fought back with a proud second half display to claim a point against the Sky Blues, with Lee Holmes scoring Preston’s equaliser in the 77th minute.

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