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Last Updated: Monday, 30 May, 2005, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Davies philosophical after loss
Preston manager Billy Davies
Preston manager Billy Davies has told his squad to learn from the experience of losing the Championship play-off final 1-0 to West Ham in Cardiff.

He said: "We didn't play particularly well on the day, but we had one or two chances and the first goal was crucial.

"But we've got to dust ourselves down and learn from what happened - learn from the mistakes and the experience.

"I couldn't have asked any more of these players, they've been absolutely fantastic all season."

Preston had beaten West Ham twice in the league this season, but they struggled to impose themselves on their rivals at the Millennium Stadium.

After a quiet first-half they started the second brightly when Richard Cresswell had a header cleared off the line, but within 10 minutes they were behind to Bobby Zamora's match-winning strike.

"I can ask no more of the players," Davies added. "They worked their socks off and we have to be very proud of our season.

"We've learnt a lot and we'll learn from the experience. The fans have been magnificent."


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