Graham Westley praises 'courageous' Preston after JPT win

Preston North End manager Graham Westley

Graham Westley says Preston showed great courage by reaching the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

North End beat Carlisle on penalties at Brunton Park on Tuesday, just two days after beating Swindon 4-1 at Deepdale.

"We had to make a lot of changes to the team with Sunday's game being so close behind us," Preston boss Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"When you make that number of changes, there's a concern over the ability to keep a performance together."

The former Stevenage manager continued: "There wasn't a lot of match minutes in some of the players and it was always going to be tough for them to find a way through.

"But credit to them because they found a way to win.

"It's good to see they had the courage to take the penalties in the right way and win the game. There was a lot of good quality shown [with the penalties] and in the end, our nerve got us through."

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