Supporters demand meeting over club’s future

Graham Westley, manager at Preston North End
Graham Westley, manager at Preston North End
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A joint meeting of the South Ribble Supporters Club and Preston Supporters Group (PSG) took place in Leyland on Sunday, with it called in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

Several issues were discussed and it was agreed that they would write to North End requesting a meeting between supporters, representatives of club owner Trevor Hemmings and representatives of the club.

A spokesman said: “This to discover what business plan if indeed there is one are the club following and where do they see us being in one/ two years from now.”

North End’s defeat to Shrewsbury was their 11th consecutive home game without a win, the result leaving them in 17th place in League One.

Stuart Beavon gave them the lead with a 25-yard shot just before half time, but Jon Taylor drew the visitors level in the 64th minute.

Shrewsbury’s winner came from the penalty spot in the 90th minute, Matt Richards slotting home after Ben Davies had brought down Marvin Morgan.

Fans called for the head of PNE manager Graham Westley at the final whistle.

Westley said: “I feel devastated for the boys to be honest.

“An 18-6 chance count in a game wouldn’t normally result in a 2-1 defeat.

“I look at it objectively and I saw some strong passages of play, some well worked and well crafted chances.

“On a different day it would have been a very different result.

“There have been other games where I’ve walked back to the dressing room and thought we hadn’t shown enough togetherness, not enough fight, work rate or spirit.

“But in this game I didn’t think it looked like that, we controlled large parts of the game.”