Graham Westley insists he will not be gloating after watching his Preston team chalk up an emphatic 4-1 victory against his old club Stevenage.

Stuart Beavon put the Lilywhites ahead early on, and though Greg Tansey levelled matters, strikes from Jack King, Jeffrey Monakana and Nicky Wroe secured the points for the visitors.

Westley guided Boro to back-to-back promotions and into npower League One but jumped ship for North End in January and after a sticky start, he now has another team charging up the table.

"I don't feel any malice towards Stevenage," said Westley. "Stevenage was a fantastic opportunity for me, we worked really hard together and achieved a great deal.

"So I don't feel particularly buoyant at winning here. I wish everyone here the very best, they gave me the opportunity to progress to what is unquestionably a bigger stage and I appreciate what they've done for me and I hope they appreciate what I did for them.

"We looked strong over the 90 minutes. Physically, we were on top of the game and some of the football we played was first class. The clinical aspect to our play was everything we would want it to be, and you can see we're progressing, and going in the right direction as a team.

"We wanted to come and dominate the game, play the better football, dominate possession and I think we did all of those."

Boro boss Gary Smith conceded his side were second best, but refused to dwell on the disappointment.

"We didn't take Preston lightly at all and I thought the opening exchanges were really competitive," he said. "The first two goals were avoidable from our standpoint, though I'm sure Graham will be saying they were well carved out.

"The first half was really competitive. We looked bright, with a couple of bodies up front who were showing some real energy and quality, but the third goal is a bit of a kick in the teeth. And in truth, given what we were creating chance in the second half, it was probably lights out at that stage."