Preston North End - Westley: We got caught on the hop
UK time is: 13:35:09
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Westley: We got caught on the hop

Despite Middlesbrough proving too strong for Preston on the night, when they beat them in the Capital One Cup 3-1 on Tuesday night, Graham Westley wasn't too downhearted.

Westley doesn't think this shows his side aren't ready for the step-up to the Championship, should they manage it at the end of the season: 'We were unlocked by a very good quality side. Does it scare me to think we need to compete at that level if we get promotion? No.

'We produced good performances and results against Palace and Huddersfield, and Middlesbrough were the best of the three we've faced. I'm sure if they don't get promotion to the Premier League they'll come very close to it.

'We got caught on the hop. Their quality and their shape in the early stages caught us a bit by surprise.'

The Preston boss feels that he, and his side, learned something from this game that can be taken forward though.

Westley also feels that perhaps not as much luck came his sides way: 'I was a bit unsure of how they'd play and their formation gave us problems. That's another factor of the learning curve we're going through because the lads have faced a formation they haven't face before.

'We had our moments and created our chances and it seemed like things were going to go in our favour but then we gave them a third goal and the whole place seemed to die.'

Preston have had a good run in the League Cup this season, they can be proud of their achievements but now it's back to life in league one and the priority of finishing as high as possible, if not gaining promotion, as were the aims when the season began.

Apply To Be A Site Editor

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 26 2012

Time: 7:39PM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Preston North End Articles

Match Day Officials v Fulham (Thursday November 26 2015)

Woods & Little Latest (Thursday November 26 2015)

Vital Report - Preston 1-2 Blackburn (Monday November 23 2015)

Video - Blackburn Highlights (h) (Sunday November 22 2015)

Grayson On Blackburn Defeat (Sunday November 22 2015)

Stats: Preston v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday November 21 2015)

Preston v Blackburn Rovers - Team Line Ups (Saturday November 21 2015)

Grayson Pre-Blackburn (Saturday November 21 2015)

Vital Preview - Preston v Blackburn (Friday November 20 2015)

Match Day Officials v Blackburn (Thursday November 19 2015)

Archived Preston North End Articles

List All Vital PNE Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. themaclad 20
2. BurnsyPNE 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Preston 1 - 2 Blackburn
Q.P.R. 0 - 0 Preston
Preston 1 - 0 Forest
Preston 0 - 0 Bolton
Brighton 0 - 0 Preston
Charlton 0 - 3 Preston

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Wolves 17 5 5 7 -1 20
15. Q.P.R. 17 5 5 7 -3 20
16. Leeds Utd 17 4 7 6 -4 19
17. Preston 17 3 8 6 -3 17
18. Forest 17 4 5 8 -5 17
19. Bristol City 17 3 7 7 -9 16
20. Charlton 17 4 4 9 -11 16

Preston North End Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

RUFC - Striker Recalled
Rotherham : 27/11/2015 12:48:01
One In, One Out On Loan Front
Derby County : 27/11/2015 11:46:01
Wolves top bad behaviour tables
Wolves : 27/11/2015 11:00:01
The Anthony Hart View: Debt
Bolton : 27/11/2015 10:23:00
Wolves miss out on Man Utd striker
Wolves : 27/11/2015 10:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackburn MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Pickford 100%
Woods 0%
Wright 0%
Huntington 0%
Cunningham 0%
Reach 0%
Browne 0%
Gallagher 0%
Johnson 0%
Doyle 0%
Garner 0%
Sub - Clarke 0%
Sub - Keane 0%
Sub - May 0%