Manager Graham Westley is delighted to start pre-season with a victory in the friendly at Southport.
John Welsh came off in the second half of his North End debut, but the manager said that bumps and bruises were all part of the preparation for a long season: “We took a knock or two, as will always happen.
One of the features of the performance was the togetherness of the new squad: “They are a smart enough bunch to know you don’t win anything without togetherness,” continued the PNE boss. “And they want to make sure their unity is a real feature of the way they behave and I’m sure it will be.”
“In the first half we showed some bright play. There were some interesting passages and good sense of initial understanding between the boys and it was a positive way to start.”
“The pitch was very slow and when you’re playing on a slow pitch you have to play smart in order to win the football match. They are a solid side and the gap between the levels is not what it was of old.
Speaking after the 2-0 triumph at Haig Avenue the Lilywhites’ gaffer told the press: “It’s good to win. We talked in midweek about the value you place on pre-season games and the winning habit is one you want to get into and stay in.
The North End boss said that the winning start to pre-season was important as the team try to get into the ‘winning habit’ ahead of their npower League One campaign.