Like in the last round with Jordan Hugill, we have a player in our ranks who has pulled on the shirt of our opponents on Tuesday night; No.11 Daniel Johnson.
“It was a good place to be when I was at Oldham,” he told the matchday programme. “The boys and the staff were really good with me, but they have lost a lot of players and staff since I left.
“It was a good place to go and play. I was comfortable, the pitch was nice and I am looking forward to them coming to Deepdale, but hopefully we can get the win.”
‘DJ’ is well aware what a good cup run can bring to a club and is hoping for a little bit of magic similar to two years ago: “A good cup run can go hand in hand with league form. We haven’t started off that well at the moment, but this is a busy period and we want to pick up some points as well as getting into the next round tonight.
“Who knows what happens if you can get through; you can get a big tie and that is what is at stake; just getting the win and getting through to the next round.
“When the team played Manchester United a couple of seasons ago I was unfortunately cup tied, but the atmosphere was great and the lads did brilliantly. Hopefully we and get through and see what happens. After that game we went on a little run, to get ourselves promoted; moments like that can do a lot for a team, we went unbeaten for 18 games, so who knows what could happen this year – the most important thing is that we get through the tie.
“We have not been panicking about the league form. We didn’t get off to a great start last season, we didn’t pick up many points despite playing really well and not deserving to lose and that’s been a similar situation this year, but we will find form, kick on and go from strength to strength.
“We have a lot of faith in our dressing room and a togetherness amongst the squad and the staff and there is no doubt that we will kick on. We should have got something about the Fulham and Derby games, but those things happen. Everyone is still smiling and bubbly and we will go again. We have had some tough games, but in this league anyone can beat anyone and we will go into the games focusing on ourselves.”
The matchday programme is just £2 on Tuesday night, with 32 pages of content, including the latest from the manager and all the details of the opposition. They will be on sale from the ticket office and from sellers inside and outside Deepdale from Tuesday evening.