Westley hails ‘solid’ performance

Preston North End manager Graham Westley
Preston North End manager Graham Westley
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Graham Westley described Preston North End’s display in their goalless draw against Portsmouth as ‘solid if unspectacular’.

They survived an early scare at Fratton Park when Pompey striker Izale McLeod smashed a 13th minute penalty against the bar.

But on the whole, PNE boss Westley felt his much-changed side had been solid enough and deserved their point.

Westley said: “It was never going to be an easy place to go to.

“Whatever situation Portsmouth is in, their fan base and quality of players they have are never going to make it an easy journey.

“It was a hard-working performance from us.

“We made a number of changes to the side so it was going to be difficult for the lads to show genuine organisation.

“But on the whole, they worked hard on their organsation over 90 minutes and worked hard to stay solid.

“It was a solid away performance, if unspectacular.

“We missed three very good chances, had one of those gone in, it might have been a very different story.”

Westley made six changes to the North End side on Saturday, with Jack King, Bailey Wright, David Buchanan, Andy Procter, Joel Byrom and Chris Beardsley returning to the team.

North End are back in action on Tuesday night against Bury at Gigg Lane in their rearranged Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie.

Centre-back Chris Robertson is suspended for that game having picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign at Pompey, triggering a one-match ban.