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Westley Ready For Tough Game

9 January 2013

Graham Westley wants North End to be more convincing on their second visit to the Ricoh Arena inside a month.

Ticket prices for Thursday's game are £5 for all ages, with coach prices £14, again for all ages. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket and retail shop at Deepdale.

“There is an amount of planning you have to do to get the detail right for that situation but in the end it comes down to nerve on the night and nerve is a big thing and it is all about the character of your players and fortunately we have good character here.”

“We have done our homework, we like to know what their goalkeeper is likely to do and what their players are likely to do.

“I was fortunate to see Bury face Southend in a penalty shoot-out so we had an understanding of how they were going to take penalties and how their goalkeeper worked. 

“We have to go to Coventry and improve on our performance because if we put in a similar performance we will be going to penalties and we want to be more convincing than that.”

“We were very unfortunate to come away with a single point, any neutral observer watching the game would have said the better side got a late equaliser but the better side didn’t get what they deserved. 

“It is our job to put in the right performance and progress to the northern final and if we get into the northern final then we have got a great chance, we are one step away from the final. Our target isn’t the final; we want to win the trophy.”

“Any home club in a cup tie has an advantage but any home ground can become a disadvantage if you go and put in the right performance and we know that.

Looking ahead to the game, Westley said: “It is going to be a tough place to go, albeit their home record isn’t one that breeds fear into you it is going to be a tough game.

Ready for another tough contest, Westley wants his team to put in the right performance against Mark Robins’ men.

The weekend before Christmas, North End were held to a 1-1 draw at the home of the Sky Blues, with Lee Holmes scoring his first goal for the Club.

The Lilywhites will travel to Coventry City on Thursday night with a place in the northern-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy up for grabs.


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