It’s four weeks since the Lilywhites went on the road, with the international break thrown into the mix and that afternoon saw a successful trip to South Yorkshire.
They are looking for a repeat of the same thing this weekend as they travel to Hillsborough to take on Carlos Carvalhal and his Sheffield Wednesday side, who are again looking to make a promotion push, as they did last season.
Both sides have been in decent form of late and are separated by just a couple of points going into the clash on the east side of the Pennines. Last time out the Owls took the points from Wolves, whilst PNE were held by Burton at Deepdale.
Jermaine Beckford is back available and along with Stevie May, who has got another week of full training under belt, give the manager extra striking options at a key part of the season.
Paul Gallagher and John Welsh, both with calf injuries, are again set to miss out and join long term absentee Calum Woods on the sidelines, but otherwise there is a full fit squad for the manager to choose from.
Striker Gary Hooper, hamstring, is ruled out for the home side, however Lucas Joao looked good in partnering Fernando Forestieri in last weekend’s win at Molineux and should continue.
Ross Wallace and Adam Reach – both known as left wingers in their time at Deepdale - should both start against their former club, but the former on the right and the latter at left back!
The Match Official
Taking charge of Saturday’s game is Northumberland official Scott Duncan, who is the man with the whistle for his second PNE game of the season, having been referee for the EFL Cup win over Oldham Athletic at Deepdale back in August.
Last year he was the match official for the League Cup at Crewe Alexandra, which saw a 3-1 win for the Lilywhites. The previous year he took charge of the team twice, both at Deepdale, our 1-0 home win over Oldham back in August 2014 and the 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient in January.
This is Scott’s fifth year on the EFL lists, having been appointed to the elite group in 2012/13, taking charge of his first PNE game in what proved to be Graham Westley’s final home game, against Shrewsbury.
From The Archives
Back in February 2007, David Nugent scored twice as North End recovered from conceding an early goal to win at Hillsborough.
Deon Burton put the Owls ahead after four minutes with a left-footd strike from 20 yards, but Brett Ormerod soon equalised with a close-range header.
PNE keeper Andy Lonergan saved a Marcus Tudgay header before Nugent struck from 12 yards on the stroke of half-time.
Ormerod then crossed for Nugent's second after the break, with the highly-rated striker converting from six yards.
After the game Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws said: "I thought it was a cracking start. We went 1-0 up at home, but then we really let ourselves down with the equaliser.
"All three goals were down to Sheffield Wednesday and that is what is most disappointing.
"It just wasn't good enough, we shot ourselves in the foot. I would absolutely die for a clean sheet."
North End's manager Paul Simpson added: "It's still very early days. We have had a result where we haven't played that well.
"We have had to scrap and work for the result, but that's all that teams at this stage of the season can do because it's all about getting three points.
"We have got ourselves in a position to challenge and I think it's going to go right to the end of the season."
Sheffield Wednesday line-up: Crossley, Bullen, Simek, Beevers, Spurr, Lunt (Folly, 57), Whelan, Brunt, Small (MacLean, 77), Tudgay (Clarke, 57), Burton. Subs not used: Adamson, Graham.
PNE line-up: Lonergan, Alexander, Chilvers, Hill, Wilson, Pugh, Sedgwick, McKenna, Ricketts (Whaley, 71), Nugent, Ormerod. Subs not used: Henderson, Agyemang, St. Ledger, Lewis Neal.
Referee: Mr Steve Tanner (Somerset)
Tickets for Saturday's trip to Hillsborough are on sale at Deepdale until 4pm on Friday; over the phone and in person and you can buy online at MyPNE.Com until noon on Friday.a
PNE have been given an allocation of 1,000 tickets in the Leppings Lane End upper tier and prices are as follows: Adults £33, 65 and over and U21s £23, U17s £15, U11s £10, U5s £5.
Ambulant disabled tickets are priced as above with a carer ticket free of charge, disabled supporters must be in receipt of middle to higher level DLA or enhanced PIP.
There are also six pairs of wheelchair disabled tickets which are priced as above with a complimentary carer ticket.
Further information for disabled supporters can be found by visiting the ticket section of the website.
Coach travel is available for this fixture and is priced at £15 for all and coaches will depart Deepdale and Leyland at 11.45am.
If you can’t get to the Hillsborough, Anthony Wareing and former PNE striker Steve Wilkinson will be live on PNE Player from 2.30pm bringing you live and uninterrupted match commentary.
You can also follow the game on our official Twitter feed @pnefc, and online at facebook.com/officialPNEFC. Whilst from 12 noon on Sunday highlights of the game will be available, both in extended version on PNE Player HD and a shortened 90 second version on our YouTube site youtube.com/pnefcofficial.
To watch what the manager has to say about the game, click below
To hear from Aiden McGeady when he spoke to PNE PlayerHD to preview the clash click on the video below