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Simonsen debut no gamble - Westley

20 September 2012

Preston manager Graham Westley insists it was not a gamble to hand goalkeeper Steve Simonsen a league debut in Tuesday night's 5-0 win over Hartlepool.

Simonsen came in for towering German stopper Thorsten Stuckmann as one of five changes from the team that went down 2-1 to Crawley last weekend.

Stuckmann was North End's standout performer in a turbulent campaign last term but has not kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season and Westley was happy to call upon the former Everton and Stoke man.

"Having a Premier League goalkeeper between the sticks isn't the biggest gamble any manager will take," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"Steve has a lot of experience, he's very good with his feet and we saw great evidence of him helping to get the team playing from the back."


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