Ahead of PNE’s showdown against Swindon Town, Calum Woods admits he can’t wait for the trip to the capital next weekend.
One of those 26 games was the more recent encounter against Chesterfield – Woods playing the majority of the Lilywhites’ 3-0 victory over the Spireites.
And the Scouse full back acknowledged that it was great to win the game in such fashion and celebrate with the fans.
“It was brilliant,” told Woods exclusively to the official website on the win that booked North End’s place at Wembley.
“The fans deserved it – against Colchester things didn’t go to plan and we were gutted for everyone, especially those that travelled down to support us.
“That was a big disappointment which made the Chesterfield game all the more sweeter – we were buzzing for everyone involved and we’ve got a nice trip to Wembley now for everyone.
“But at the same time, that will all count for nothing if we don’t get the right result, so it’s important we focus on the job.”
Amidst all the build-up, it isn’t the first time Woods has been involved in a trip to the famous arch, with the 28-year-old part of the Huddersfield squad that beat Sheffield United in the 2012 League One Play-Off final.
With a two week period between the semi-final and the final, preparations have been intense ahead of a Swindon side that Woods and co aren’t taking lightly.
On having a fortnight to prepare, Woods continued: “I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a lot of time to prepare so we can work on finer details like our shape etc.
“We’ve had the odd day off to rest, but when we’ve been back in, we’ve been training hard for the game.
“We played them [Swindon] earlier on in the season and we lost but we beat them comfortably at our place so we know what we’re up against so we will just focus on what we can do.
“Last time I was there at Wembley it was amazing, so we’re really looking forward to it and hopefully the supporters are looking forward to it just as much as we are because they’ve been unreal this season.”