Westley: ‘We were naive’

Photo: David Hurst'PNE V Bury at Deepdale'Paul Parry
Photo: David Hurst'PNE V Bury at Deepdale'Paul Parry
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Graham Westley felt that his Preston North End side had shown naivety in failing to hang on to their lead in the 1-1 draw against Bury at Deepdale on Saturday.

Chuk Aneke’s debut goal put North End within sight of a much-needed victory, but the Shakers levelled more than two minutes into stoppage-time through substitute Lateef Elford-Alliyu.

The goal from 18-year-old Aneke was Preston’s first at home in 352 minutes of football, stretching back to the win over Hartlepool on February 14.

PNE boss Westley said: “Looking back through the whole game, in the first half we were disappointing in our possession.

“I didn’t think we showed enough responsibility when we had the ball, we didn’t show enough purpose.

“It was as if we were happy to work hard out of possession but were ducking the issue when the ball was at our feet.

“In the second half we stepped on the pedal and showed more urgency.

“We played some good football in patches and created more chances.

“The goal we scored was a deflection, but we earned the right to that.

“We could easily have built on the lead, Paul Coutts had a fabulous effort saved by their keeper, Neil Mellor had a fantastic chance which went just wide.

“I think we could have had two or three goals before their equaliser.

“We’re disappointed that a foul was given in the build-up to Bury’s goal because Chris Robertson got pushed and couldn’t react when the ball dropped.

“Saying that, in stoppage-time we showed a lot of naivety and not a lot of maturity in closing the game down.”

North End face a spell without the services of Barry Nicholson after the Scottish midfielder limped off with a hamstring injury in the 18th minute.

Westley said: “It could be a week or two, it could be five or six weeks.

“We won’t know until it has settled down and he can have it scanned.”