Manager Graham Westley is expecting a similar tough test to the one faced against Yeovil on Saturday and is looking for his side to play to their full potential.
The gaffer felt that the Lilywhites got through the FA Cup first round against the Glovers without ever getting near to their best, but feels it will be necessary to reach that standard if they are to overcome Carlisle United at Deepdale.
Having already come up against the Cumbrians, in the JPT in September, and having seen them in action recently, he knows what to expect: “They played pretty much their regular side on the night [In the JPT first round], so we did get to see them in action.
“I was lucky enough to see them at Bury the other week and they are a decent side. You can see why they are where they are in the table. They are just below us, with a similar record to us, just like Yeovil at the weekend.
“Yeovil came here and showed what sides in our neck of the woods in the league can do and Carlisle will be no different.
“They will have a threat that can do some damage if we allow it to. Garner, just like Madden at the weekend, can get in front of goal if you give him a chance to, so we mustn’t underestimate what they are going to bring, but we know full well that if we get our performance right we will win.”
This game is seen by some as a derby, despite the near 200 mile round trip the United fans face, but the manager feels his own fans can play their part and are starting to see what his side are about.
“I thought people were terrific in their support of the team at the weekend,” he continued. “It was not a season ticket game and people have to dig deep into their pockets and these are tough times.
“I thought the fans did brilliantly to turn out for us as they did at the weekend.
“The sense of belief around the team and around the City is growing. People know this is an improving side and they know that the boys are playing for the shirt and are enjoying watching what they are doing.”
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