League One: Dreyer coy over Lilywhites job

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JOHN Dreyer remains coy on whether he would like to be considered for the Preston North End job on a permanent basis despite their surprise 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

The damage was done in the first half for the Cherries, with Stuart Beavon’s 20th-minute opener for North End followed by another from Bailey Wright after 31 minutes.

Dreyer, installed as caretaker boss on Thursday following the departure of Graham Westley, said: “My time here could be over, but I wasn’t looking beyond the game.

“I certainly have aspirations of being a manager, talking with players and being around them isn’t an issue. I won’t be badgering the chairman for an answer, I’ll be speaking to him for sure, but for all I know there could be a new man coming in.”

The result ended a run of five successive wins for Bournemouth, who are top of the table in League One.

‘We weren’t at our best today; no doubt about that,” admitted Cherries boss Eddie Howe. “We were second best, which is really difficult for me to say because it hasn’t happened yet.

“We were slow out the traps, we conceded two poor goals, and we never really had any concerted pressure on their goal.

“We’re delighted where we are (in the league), but we’re disappointed with today and we’ve got to try and make sure we respond in the right fashion.”

Yeovil moved into third place, and level on points with second-placed Sheffield United, with their own 3-0 win over strugglers Scunthorpe.

The Glovers broke the deadlock through Byron Webster’s 28th-minute effort, with James Hayter adding a second from the penalty spot after 72 minutes and Paddy Madden rounding things off three minutes later.

Two goals in the last three minutes lifted Hartlepool off the foot of the table as they snatched a 2-1 win at home to Leyton Orient.

Martin Rowland’s early penalty looked to be enough for the visitors, but they came unstuck to last-gasp efforts from Peter Hartley and Luke James.

Troubled Portsmouth now prop up the standings as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Carlisle at Fratton Park. Pompey trailed to Rory Loy’s 52nd-minute strike but Liam Walker rescued a point from the penalty spot.

Bury are five points from safety after losing 2-0 at home to Coventry.