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Westley: We Deserved The Win

3 October 2012

Boss Graham Westley shares his thoughts after the final whistle at Doncaster on Tuesday night…

“Everybody who supports the Club can see the players care and are trying their hardest to put the pride back into the badge and that is what this season is all about.”

“We have to make sure the recovery is professional and the detail of the recovery is right, planning and preparation for the weekend is right and if we do that then we give ourselves a great chance of winning the three points at the weekend which is what we want to do.

“It is important to keep winning, day in day out and it is important that we use the rest day on Wednesday properly and in the right way.

Stressing the importance to keep the momentum going, Westley concluded by saying the team needs to recover correctly and prepare in the right manner for the League One clash at Boundary Park.

As always in the Preston camp, the focus quickly turns to the next fixture on the calendar which is a trip down the road to neighbours Oldham Athletic.

“When you have got a squad that can all contribute then that makes a big difference.”

“We lost Keano [Keith Keane] who is a big points per game player, we lost him through the weekend due to suspension and to have somebody who has been involved and playing like Jack King who has got a versatility to move in.

“You want to make sure you capitalise on it and they are determined this season to put some pride back in this Club. We know we have got a responsibility to all of the fans, we are relishing it, we are enjoying it and we are determined to make sure we do a good job.

“The lads showed they really care about their results, they are working hard away from match days and after putting in all that work on a match day you don’t want to throw everything away.

“The reality is that Beardo works on so many set pieces, he leads the line and he is a brilliant player to play alongside. Stuart Beavon loves playing alongside him and he is a top drawer performer week in week out.

The gaffer continued: “Beardo [Chris Beardsley] leads the line valiantly, he might not always get the glory and some people sometimes look at his goal scoring record and say how can you have a striker that scores one in ten?

Beardsley, has contributed heavily in PNE’s last two wins, and it was his chest down to strike partner Beavon which led to North End’s third and final goal.

Another shining light from North End’s trip to South Yorkshire was the powerful play of former Doncaster striker Chris Beardsley.

“We worked hard at our set plays and we put a lot of hours in, when you put a lot of hours in then it is always rewarding to see one go into the back of the net.”

“We executed two set plays well and a great goal from Stuart Beavon, overall it was a well-deserved win.

“In the second half we took the lessons on board and we came out to come and win the game. We were dominate at the back, we held our line, passed the ball well and intelligently we kept enough numbers in reserve to defend any counter attacks but always looked threatening going forward.

“We took a step back instead of a step forward and it was through a negative decision in our defending that the ball ended up in the back of our net and another lesson learned away from home.

“There was too much complacency in our play and there was too much showboating in our play and that is not something that I like to see.

“We tried to learn a lesson and deservedly went ahead and for 15 minutes we took our foot off the gas.

A pleased Westley said: “It was a step forward for us tonight, we have had to work hard to try and develop our game away from home and tonight was a much more professional performance. We did a lot more of the right things and in the end it was a convincing win.

After suffering a set-back on the stroke of half time when David Cotterill’s free-kick crept in, PNE showed their second half dominance with goals from Scott Laird and a 20-yard strike from Stuart Beavon.

North End took the lead just after the half hour mark when Jack King – who had earlier rattled the bar with a 40-yard piledriver – headed home a Joel Byrom corner.

The Lilywhites ran out 3-1 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium to record their second away win of the season.


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