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Preston North End's Graham Westley hangs on .. just

 

Football News 24/7
It's been a bad week for Preston North End. Earlier in the week club advisor, Peter Risdale, revealed Preston North End owes £42 million of which about £30 million is to owner Trevor Hemmings, with the clubs' bankers the next major creditor. If that wasn't bad enough the results on the pitch have seen the club in free-fall.

Defeat at Colchester saw the club slip to within five points of the League One relegation zone.

Boss Graham Westley is under emense pressure at a club fully expected to be vying for promotion. It is understood Westley will be in the dugout for PNE’s clash with in-form Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Tuesday night.

But he must know an instant improvement in results is needed, with the patience of the club’s hierarchy now stretched to the limit by a run of just one league win in 13.

Commenting on defeat to Colchester, Westley said: “We are disappointed to have lost another game.

“I think the work ethic of the players over 90 minutes was solid, and the desire they showed at 0-0 and then 1-0 down was clear and evident.

“The difference between what we are doing and winning is very slight.

“But we are stopping on the wrong side of the line on a consistent basis.

“We have to make sure we change our mindset and get over the line, do a little bit more in both possession and in defence.

“At their end of the pitch we could easily have scored with Andy Procter’s header from the set piece early on, from Lee Holmes’ chance which hit the bar with the keeper’s help and with Joe Garner’s volley which went over.

“I’m picking out three great chances and there were others when we could have found the net.

“Defensively we seem to concede soft goals.

“We don’t concede a lot of chances - we organise ourselves quite well around oppositions.

“But at vital moments we make errors and that is costing us.”

Former Preston skipper, Sean Gregan - an integral part of the Preston side that nearly made the |Premier League uunder David Moyes over 10 years ago now, said in the local press:

'What is worrying is that the last two defeats have been against teams in and around them in the League One table.

'On paper anyway, North End’s next three games against Yeovil, Bournemouth and Swindon look tough.

'But you never know, playing against sides higher up the league might just lower the expectation and take the pressure off slightly.

'That said, a club of Preston’s size and tradition should be going anywhere in this league and fancying their chances of getting something.

'T'his division isn’t in my view as strong as it has been in recent seasons.

Three times in recent years, North End were knocking on the door of the Premier League having reached the Championship play-offs.'

Preston fans must be wondering where it all went wrong.

JB

 

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