English League One

Westley: We deserved more

Saturday 22nd December 2012 18:24

Westley: Felt North End should have won

Westley: Felt North End should have won

Preston boss Graham Westley did not feel his side got what they deserved for a hard-working display in a 1-1 draw at Coventry.

The Lilywhites trailed at half-time in Saturday's League One clash at the Ricoh Arena after Sky Blues midfielder James Bailey had swept home Gary McSheffrey's cut back in the 21st minute.

But they had the better of a competitive second half and equalised with 13 minutes to play when Lee Holmes latched on to a long ball to race through on goal and confidently fire into the bottom corner.

Coventry substitute Stephen Elliott had a great chance to win the game late on when Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann flapped at a cross, but the Irishman headed wide.

That winner would not have been justified in the eyes of Westley, who felt his side were well worth all three points.

He said: "We battered them, let's be honest about it.

"I think there was one team out there playing to win and 54% possession in our favour and 12 attempts to six in our favour tells you that. We did a lot to try and win the football match and didn't quite get what we deserved.

"The team made the decision that in the second half they were going to do that little bit extra that it takes to win and we played on the front foot with intensity in our attacking and intensity in our defending.

"What was important was the players' attitude to the game. Whatever you do tactically, it is the way the players go about implementing the gameplan that makes the difference and they absolutely made their mind up at half-time that they were going to win that second half. I just wish they had won it by two, not one."