Graham Alexander goal was special moment - Graham Westley

Preston 2-2 Charlton

Preston manager Graham Westley has said it was a "special moment" to see veteran Graham Alexander score on his final professional appearance.

Alexander had announced his decision to retire before Saturday's game against League One champions Charlton.

And the 40-year-old, brought on as a late substitute, netted a free-kick in stoppage time to secure a 2-2 draw.

"It's important that special people get special moments," Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I bet there are people way beyond Preston who were pleased to see it happen."

Alexander is one of only two outfield players to have appeared in more than 1,000 professional matches in English football - the other was winger Tony Ford, who played for a number of clubs including Grimsby, Stoke and West Brom between 1975 and 2001.

Last week, the former Scunthorpe, Luton, Burnley and Scotland defender received a PFA merit award at a ceremony in London.

"When the PFA takes a look at a player and says his contribution needs to be recognised, it says everything about them," added Westley. "I think that's the greatest accolade that you can give him."

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