Assistant boss Glynn Snodin spoke ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area Quarter-Final and said that the players were chomping at the bit to get back out.
“When you win on a Saturday you don’t feel any tiredness going into a Tuesday night game,” ‘Snods’ said. “It’s a lot easier to play game after game if you are winning.
“It is nice to have these cup game, especially the JPT, because the prize at the end of it is fantastic – a day out at Wembley – not just for the fans, but for the players as well, who want to go out and play at a great stadium.
“We want to win games and we have put out teams to win in this competition. To win the FA Cup you need a lot of luck, but this competition gives League One and League Two clubs a chance to earn a day out at Wembley.
“When you look at our squad, no matter who comes in, it is much of a muchness. They train right and they are ready to play, because if they get in the team, they want to keep that shirt and the JPT might get them going.
“That’s what happened to David Buchanan, who came in, played well and took off from there. He trains as if he wants to play and we have players like that in the dressing room.
“The likes of Jack King and John Welsh, they work hard and when they come in they look like they’ve never missed a game and that’s because they train right.”
The opposition will also be looking forward to the game, however, with Lee Johnson’s outfit having been in fantastic form over the past couple of months and relishing the chance to try and knock North End out of the competition two years running.
“Oldham have been in a great run of form,” continued the assistant boss. “They are a good side; they play a diamond shape and it will be a tough game, but whoever we play, they all want to beat Preston North End.
“You want to play in front of big crowds, with a good atmosphere and our support has been fantastic this season – you can hear their voices and the lads understand the support they provide and give their all to make it worthwhile for them.”