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Westley: Another Lesson Learnt

17 November 2012

Graham Westley was left disappointed after seeing his side surrender a 1-0 lead to draw with Brentford.

“They will learn it no question, they are intelligent people and good players and they will gain the confidence within themselves that their qualities should enable them to have.”

“They haven’t yet learned to play with the courage you need to play with when you have an advantage, to dominate and put people to bed.

“The players want to do so well for this football club they almost get scared when they are ahead of losing the points.

“They are honest lads, intelligent and they will grasp the nettle and learn the lesson. We are six games unbeaten know which sees is a better run of form which we have seen previously and I am sure the team will start getting stronger.

“The evolution, development and learning of this side is continuing, that is a big lesson they will take from today and I am sure they will once again bounce back and learn from that.

PNE extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions with the draw against Brentford, but Westley insisted his side still need to improve if they are to be in with a chance of promotion at the end of the season.

“In football if you don’t own the ball and try to score then that means you are going to concede and the lesson the team will learn today is that we haven’t been winning games 1-0, our strength is about scoring goals.”

“We were second top goal scorers in the league before today so play to your strengths and when you go 1-0 up make sure you play with the next goal mentality and score a second. If you concede then you still get the three points.

“We need to address that and learn from that and one of the things I said to them afterwards is when we play at home we have to make sure we get about the game like we have done when we have been at our best.

“I don’t think we did showed enough urgency and it always seems to be that we show a lot more urgency when we are attacking our own fans and possibly not enough urgency when we are going the other way,” Westley continued.”

“I thought at the end we settled for 1-0,” said Westley. “It didn’t matter what I did or what instructions I sent out onto the pitch I couldn’t seem to get the team to play on the front foot and own the ball.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Notts County, the Preston boss revealed after the game that he felt his team had learnt a valuable lesson after failing to add to Laird’s strike despite their chances.

The Lilywhites took the lead through an acrobatic finish from full-back Scott Laird, but were left to rue missed opportunities as youngster Antonio German came off the bench to secure the Bees a share of the points.

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