Assistant boss Glynn Snodin is looking forward to the ‘fantastic opportunity’ that presents itself with the northern final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Speaking ahead of Walsall’s visit to Deepdale for the first leg of the tie, the former Leeds United man was excited at the prospect of the second cup game at Deepdale in four days.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity – as a player you want the chance to play at Wembley and there are not many chances to do that,” he said.
“It is a normal game, but there is a big prize at the end of it. We have the first 90 minutes this week and we will try and win that and then see where it takes us.
“This is a two-legged semi-final. We will have the team prepared; we will have our homework done, with a plan A, B and C and hopefully that will be enough for us.”
The Saddlers, under Dean Smith, have had an excellent run of form since October and made significant progress up League One and Snodin is well aware of the threats they possess.
They picked up their first win of the season with a resounding 3-1 triumph over North End back in September at the Banks’s Stadium and they have a very good squad at their disposal.
“They have some good technical players, they are a good footballing side and they can play,” continued Glynn. “They have some match winners in the side and on the day they can hurt you – like they did to us down there earlier in the season.
“They play one playing off a one, with Bradshaw and Sawyers and they have good link up play between them which can hurt you. They also have good technique and good footballing brains.
“They also have good wide players, with quality who work hard – so their front four are a real threat and we have to make sure we stop their game, but impose our own on the match.”
The Lilywhites’ coaching staff were able to make five changes for Saturday’s cup win over Norwich City and with players back from loans and everyone other that Joe Garner and Jordan Hugill available for selection there will be a lot of discussions before the team is selected this week.
“We have a good squad to choose from. We have had a bug in the camp for the last week or two and we have had to give some players time off to be ready for the games – but injury wise things are looking good at the moment.
“We have said all along that we have a good squad and every time we make changes the lads who come in deserve great credit. They train right, are good professionals and the intensity they work at – they are a great squad to work with.
“Every week there are one or two disappointed, because we have so many good players to choose from and come Wednesday night with only five subs, there will be a strong ground sat in the stands,” he added.