Irvine joy at victory
Preston boss Alan Irvine praised his players after their 2-0 win over Derby County.
Last Updated: 26/12/08 7:27pm
Preston North End boss Alan Irvine praised his players after their 2-0 win over Derby County, and admitted his interest in signing Ross Wallace permanently in January.
Goals from Sean St Ledger and Jon Park saw Preston rise to seventh in the Championship table.
Irvine was pleased with the display while he confirmed he would be keen to secure the services of Wallace, who is on loan from Sunderland on a permanent basis.
He explained "It's a bit complicated. Sunderland have the right to call Ross back in January. If they don't do that, we have the opportunity to buy him for a figure already agreed.
"Ross has a big say in it as well. The indications are that he is very happy here and would like to stay. Until probably Sunderland make their decision, it is difficult to say exactly which way it's going."
Of the team's display, he added: "We are getting very close to the target of 53 points which I set at the start of the season.
"We are just delighted at this stage of the season to be picking up points that keep us away from the kind of area we were in this time last season.
"2007 was a really bad year. 2008 has been a good year. We have to make sure that 2009 is as good, if not better.
"This was a tough game. We started very slowly. I was disappointed how we played in the opening 15 minutes, but we then stepped it up a little bit and created some chances.
"I was more than happy to go in 1-0 up at half time."
Rams boss Paul Jewell admitted his disappointment at the defeat, with his side now 18th in the table.
He said: "We deserved something out of the game, without a doubt. We would have been disappointed to go in 0-0 at half time, never mind 1-0 down.
"For 45 minutes we were outstanding and by far the better team. For the first half we were in a different class to Preston.
"In those first 45 minutes we played some really good football. The goal was a poor goal to give away. One long ball and we got done. It's disappointing.
"We didn't create the opportunity or make the most of our chances. As has happened too often this season we have conceded goals.
"I don't look at it as one win in eight games. It's one defeat out of two. You can make statistics look how you want."