Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is expecting there to be plenty of ups and downs over the coming weeks as the season really does enter is clichéd 'business end'.
Speaking to local paper the Sheffield Star ahead of the trip across the Pennines to face the Lilywhites at Deepdale, the Blades boss admitted he was not expecting to win all of his remaining games, nor for anyone else to.
"I don't think anyone will win all of their games," he told the newspaper. "I think it will be to form.
"Nothing will change from our perspective because it's still all to play for.
"History tells you that there's going to be lots of twists and turns yet. So, it's all about staying focused and, if you have a set-back, making sure you get right back on it by getting back to winning ways."
And the 51-year-old believes he has the squad to show the right attitude to return to winning ways after last week's reversal against Play-Off chasing Bristol City.
"If these lads have shown one thing, it's that spirit to bounce back," he continued. "That tells you something about them and their desire and attitude.
"They've done it before and they can do it again. They're an honest bunch who always give everything they've got whenever they're out there on the pitch."
The United chief is looking forward to the atmosphere at Deepdale and echoed a similar comment to his opposite number, Alex Neil, about the support for his own player.
"That relationship with the fans, the connection between them and the team, it's been vital. You can't put a price on it. Seriously, they [the fans] should never under-estimate the effect they can have on the boys.
"I think that connection is there because they can see players who put it all in for the shirt. And that's the only thing I ask of them, that they get right behind people who are putting it all in and giving everything," he added.