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Lancashire Evening Post
Graham Westley thinks the ‘wheels have come off the wagon’ for Preston North End since the injuries to full-back pair Scott Laird and Keith Keane.
The weekend’s 3-1 home reverse to Crewe was their second league defeat on the bounce, with the result dropping them down to 14th position in League One.
Goals from Luke Murphy, Bradden Inman and Mathias Pogba had the visitors 3-0 up by the 51st minute, before Paul Huntington headed a consolation two minutes from time. It was North End’s poorest home performance of the campaign, Westley acknowledging that his side had fallen short.
Westley said: “In the three games we have played since the two full-backs Keane and Laird went out, we haven’t shown the ingredients as a team that it takes to win matches.
“Before that we had got ourselves to a decent level of form and performance, and results had been fairly consistent – we were unbeaten in seven."
CREWE boss Steve Davis marked signinghis new contract in fine style – but he insists there is plenty more to come from his young side.
A late Preston goal for Paul Huntington was nothing more than a consolation as efforts from Luke Murphy, Brad Inman and Mathias Pogba had already put the game beyond the hosts' reach.
All this came just 24 hours after Davis had put pen to paper on a new 18-month rolling contract.
This was a fine way to celebrate, but Davis believes the good times will continue to roll at Crewe for some time yet.
"That's probably our best away performance," he said.
"The way we played, the system – you know Crewe aren't accustomed to playing three centre-halves and one in front of them, so it was difficult for the players.
"I wanted to try to catch Preston out with a different system and we caused them problems because of that.”
CREWE ran riot to leave Preston still looking for their first home win since September.
Luke Murphy put the visitors in front on the half-hour before Bradden Inman and Mathias Pogba struck twice in three second-half minutes.
Paul Huntington headed a late consolation but Crewe held firm.
Alex boss Steve Davis said: “That’s our best away performance.”
Preston boss Graham Westley groaned: “The wheels have come off the wagon. We haven’t shown what it takes to win.”