Dreyer hails PNE win

Caretaker manager John Dreyer
Caretaker manager John Dreyer
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Caretaker manager John Dreyer saluted Preston North End’s performance in their victory over League One leaders Bournemouth at Deepdale on Saturday.

Goals from Stuart Beavon and Bailey Wright gave PNE a 2-0 win, inflicting only the Cherries second league defeat since Eddie Howe returned to manage them in October.

The victory was North End’s first in the league at home for more than four months and a thoroughly deserved one.

Dreyer took the reins last Thursday after the sacking of Graham Westley the day before, and the 49-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Beavon struck from the edge of the box in the 19th minute, with centre-half Wright doubling the lead with 31 minutes gone.

North End limited their high-flying visitors to few worthwhile chances, earning themselves a standing ovation at the final whistle.

Dreyer said: “I really enjoyed the game.

“I’ve enjoyed it from Thursday morning when I had the meeting with Peter Ridsdale, and I’m still enjoying it now.

“Saturday was a terrific day all things considered.

“It had been an unusual week with the manager going and some of the lads not getting back from Yeovil until 5am.

“But we put in a top drawer performance against Bournemouth.

“The thing I asked them to do was to play with more freedom.

“The only worry was I wanted them to play football and the surface was tricky, no question about it.

“I had to accept there would be the odd mistake, but overall, they handled it very well and passed the ball how I wanted.

“We were disciplined in our shape.

“Bournemouth are a terrific team and play with a lot of rotation and movement off the ball.

“I didn’t want that rotation and movement to cause us a problem, so we had to be very disciplined with our shape.

“There were always plenty of players backing each other up, we picked up a lot of second balls - there was always a white shirt there.

“Winning the second ball gave us a good platform to play our football from.”

With North End looking to appoint a permanent manager by the middle of the week, Dreyer is set to step down from his caretaker duties with a 100% winning record.

But he’s likely to get the chance to stay on at Deepdale in some capacity, with the club impressed with how he has handled the last few days.

Dreyer said: “My remit on Thursday was to take Saturday’s game. I’ve done that now.

“I was so focused on the Bournemouth game that I didn’t look beyond it.

“I’ve done my side of the bargain.”