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Westley remains defiant

13 February 2013

Defiant Preston manager Graham Westley poured water on rumours he is set to resign after seeing his side lose 3-1 at promotion-chasing Yeovil.

Second-half goals from James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden overturned Chris Beardsley's first-half opener to secure the Somerset side's seventh consecutive league win and extending the Lilywhites' dire run to seven games without a victory.

Westley slammed his side's "catastrophic" second-half defending - but insists he is still the man for the job at Deepdale. He said: "I'm a professional person and when things aren't working it is my responsibility to do what I can to put them right.

"I understand the issues that exist and am working in very difficult circumstances now - we have big injuries and are delving into the depths of the squad. I have never walked away from anything in my life and don't expect me to.

"No manager in their right mind is going to be on the sort of run we are on and expect people to be happy. I have been abused on the terraces at Deepdale and the banners like those seen here are going to come your way when you're not getting the results. We're certainly not getting the results.

"During my career, I think I know what is needed to win football matches and what we've got at the minute is a group of lads giving everything on the pitch. I honestly believe that but we're not getting the results."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson hailed his side's second-half comeback which keeps them within touching distance of the play-off spots.

He said: "We went 1-0 down and we gave Preston a little carrot but we felt that if we keep going and got the equaliser, we could go on and win the game. We had to be very committed out there, we had to be strong and patient. There was a lot of time-wasting going on at 1-0.

"It was a fantastic result because it's a result against a team that is fighting for their lives. Not too many people in the crowd got upset when we were behind and kept behind the lads.

"Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young have spent five months in the gym working so hard with two really bad injuries so it was fantastic to see them back and creating chances. We have been using this word a lot recently but we're proud of the lads because the work-rate they need to produce to win games is unbelievable."

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