Westley hails 'dogged' PNE

Preston boss Graham Westley praised his side's mettle after sneaking a 1-0 win at Hartlepool on New Year's Day.

Last Updated: 01/01/13 at 21:24

Westley: Pleased with performance

Westley: Pleased with performance

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Victory was Westley's first in nine League One games following a miserable run that has seen them drop down the table. But his captain John Mousinho scored the only goal in first-half stoppage time to ease the pressure on him.

"Three points is always valuable and with big players out and results not going our way it's a positive to get that winning vibe back to the club," said Westley.

"The response to the weekend was good. We try to change the team around a bit because they work hard over Christmas and there is the added family pressure as well on top.

"A clean sheet pleases me, I place value on defensive displays and being dogged. You want to see that workrate in blustery conditions and sometimes you have to rely on that to see you through. It needed a lot of defensive resilience to see it out."

Mousinho's goal came from a deep corner from Jack King and the skipper found space to head across goal and through the legs of goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

Pools, bottom of the table with only two victories all season, won at Sheffield United at the weekend but were unable to build on that shock triumph.

The Lillywhites were thumped 3-0 by Doncaster on Saturday and Westley admitted: "We knew we needed to bounce back. Hartlepool won at Sheffield United and were never going to be easy opposition - they would take confidence from the weekend and we knew we had to knuckle down.

"We scored from a set-piece and got a penalty - and there was shock waves going through the club as a result.

"In the second half we were organised, hard-working and tough to break down - everything you need to be in this situation we have been in. It was backs to the wall with good counter attacking in the second-half."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property