Preston North End manager Graham Westley is refusing to get too carried away following the Lilywhites’ emphatic 5-0 win over Hartlepool United
“It was an encouraging and positive performance against Hartlepool tonight but I am not going to get carried away.
“I felt I needed to change the team around and create some new dynamics and tonight I got the answer right.
“I felt I picked the right team tonight and I thought I picked the right team on Saturday and I was proved wrong at the weekend.
“We have to be confident with every one of the players that they can go out and win games so then you don’t become dependent on players.
“It is important that the squad realise that it is a squad game, we have deliberately recruited players who are capable of winning football matches at this level and it is great to be able to use players from within the squad.
Happy to see the supporters enjoying the performance on show, Westley reiterated that neither he nor his squad will get carried away with tonight’s proud win.
But the quality in depth shone tonight, with youngster Will Hayhurst and midfield maestro Joel Byrom both making their first league starts of the season.
PNE made five changes for the game against the north east outfit, who headed to Preston after a trip on the south coast at the weekend against Bournemouth.
“Now we have to get ourselves ready to go again at the weekend because we have got a tough trip to Walsall and we need to make sure we are ready for the 90 minutes that lie ahead.
“We played well and we played the type of football that you expect us to play and we created some good chances and we scored some good goals.
“It is the best score line since I have been here and as I didn’t get myself too downhearted on Saturday I am not going to get too carried away by tonight.
“We spend a lot of time hitting the back of the net and whether you are a centre half or a right back, or a striker, your chances will come you need to be confident and take them.
“Any of our players can score a goal and if they all take responsibility for scoring goals you will become a real handful,” he continued.
Confident any of his players can find the back of the net, whether a defender or a striker, the gaffer is aware that Saturday’s trip to Walsall is just as important as tonight’s game.
On a cold wet night in Lancashire, manager Westley had a list of positives to take away from the game including four different goal scorers on the scoresheet.
“We have always got that next goal mentality and it is always good to see the side take the lead on and show a desire to get that next goal.”
“We saw in the Premier League last season how important they are and they can make the difference between success and failure.
“We created and scored some good goals and created other chances to go alongside that. We have got a next goal mentality and we want to keep scoring the next goal and who knows how important goals scored will be come the end of the season.
“We played the ball well from the back and we showed patience but we showed good thrust as well and the lads were building play. The balance and the way they used the pitch was first class.
“We didn’t go about playing in the right way but the football tonight was there for everyone to see and they worked the ball exceptionally well in the first half.
“I said on Saturday I expected some hiccups and I hope they wouldn’t cost us but we didn’t play well on Saturday and there is no hiding from that,” said the North End boss.
Speaking to the local press after the game, the boss described his side’s performance as ‘first class’ and recognises the importance of always fighting to score the next goal.
North End recorded their biggest league win in over three and a half years with a dominating display against the Pools under the Deepdale floodlights.