GRAHAM Westley, the Preston North End manager, believes his players can overwhelm Sheffield United with their energy when the two teams clash at Bramall Lane today.
Westley has implemented a new fitness regime behind the scenes since taking charge of the Lancastrians last month and it appeared to pay dividends when Danny Mayor scored a late winner against Hartlepool on Tuesday night.
“In the latter stages of the game I thought we looked the more energetic side,” Westley, previously of Stevenage, said. “Even though we dropped off a little bit after scoring.”
“If you have an endurance base in your training programme and a speed endurance then you can play at a high tempo for 90 minutes,” added Westley.
“If you can achieve the right tempo levels then you always come on strong in the final 20 or 25 minutes and that is exactly what we are aiming to do ourselves.”
That result saw Preston climb to ninth in the League One table. United are second following their victory over Huddersfield Town.
Mayor, a 21-year-old winger, claimed his third senior strike soon after stepping-off the bench early in the second-half.
“The gaffer encourages us to get shots away or get crosses over into the box whenever we get into the final third,” he said.
“He didn’t really say much to me before I can on other than telling me to go out there and try to create something which I suppose I did.
“That result has really given us something to take into this game against Sheffield United.
“Hopefully we’ll take some confidence into that game now and build on that for the rest of the season.”